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Ukrainian commander asks Elon Musk for help says, ‘You come from another planet’

Elon Musk has previously used the platform to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to 'single combat' over Ukraine (AP)Premium
Elon Musk has previously used the platform to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to 'single combat' over Ukraine (AP)

  • Elon Musk, who has more than 92 million followers  on Twitter, has previously used the platform to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to ‘single combat’ over Ukraine
  • Elon Musk had activated Starlink satellite broadband service in Ukraine to provide broadband to the locals amid war with Russia

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As Ukraine has announced that it will hold its first war crimes trial over the Russian invasion, a Ulkraninan commander has sought the help of billionaire Elon Musk to intervene.

Serhiy Volyna, the Ukrainian commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, said he created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of reaching out to Musk.

"People say you come from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible," Volyna tweeted at Musk.

"Our planets are next to each other, as I live where it is nearly impossible to survive. Help us get out of Azovstal to a mediating country. If not you, then who?"

He called on "every person on the planet Earth" to help ensure Musk saw his appeal.

The three-month-old war has devasted cities and displaced millions, with fears also growing of its broader international impact as gas supplies to Europe were disrupted by a halt in Russian flows through Ukraine.

Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russian troops of committing atrocities since the invasion began on February 24. Yesterday the Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday they would launch the first war crimes trial of the conflict.

Earlier this week, Kyiv said that more than 1,000 of its troops, many of them injured, remained in the sprawling Azovstal plant, sheltering in the labyrinth of Soviet-era bunkers and tunnels from the Russians who now control Mariupol.

Women, children, and the elderly have been evacuated from the besieged site as part of a humanitarian mission coordinated by the United Nations and the Red Cross.

Twitter, which Musk is seeking to buy in a $44 billion deal, has seen an explosion of users due to the war in Ukraine, with people using the social media service to find news and support, according to the company.

Musk, who has more than 92 million followers, has previously used the platform to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin to "single combat" over Ukraine.

Last month, the South African-born Tesla chief responded to a Ukrainian plea for internet service by activating his Starlink satellite broadband service and sending equipment to help bring connectivity to areas hit by Russian military attacks.

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