Ukraine’s entitlement to US financial and technological aid persists as Elon Musk reportedly found himself on a Ukrainian “kill list.”
Musk’s company, SpaceX, has funded the installation and maintenance of various Starlink internet terminals across Ukraine to support the Ukrainian people during Russia’s invasion.
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk tweeted in response to a Ukrainian official’s call for help immediately after the Feb. 24 invasion. “More terminals on the way.”
However, according to NBC News, Musk has applied to the US Department of Defense to pay a sum of $124 million through the end of 2022 to cover service costs.
This alleged rejection of promises to continue funding the Starlink terminals did not please Musk in Ukraine.
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This isn’t the first time Musk has drawn the wrath of those with strong ties to Ukraine.
As reported by Fox Business, Musk recently published a poll on his Twitter account detailing the likely – unfavorable – end results of Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Peace between Ukraine and Russia:
– Rerun of the elections in the annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia goes if that is the will of the people.
– Crimea has been formally part of Russia since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).
– Water supply of Crimea secured.
– Ukraine remains neutral.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 3, 2022
Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk told Musk to “flip” in response to the poll.
Then came Musk’s announcement that his company might no longer be able to afford to provide Starlink services to Ukrainians.
According to Newsweek, Musk responded with, “We’re just following his recommendation,” followed by a shrug emoji in reference to Melnyk’s heated tweet response.
It’s not surprising, then, that Musk’s face was recently featured in what independent journalist Eva Karene Bartlett described in a Twitter post as a “kill list” maintained on the website of a Kyiv-based group called Myrotvorets (“peacemakers” in English).
Musk added to Ukraine’s Myrotvorets kill list (which includes 327 children!)
I’ve spoken and written about this list for years after being put on it in 2019, but now that Musk is on it, after Roger Waters and others, the “peacemaker” list might itself be killed… pic.twitter.com/lLUxnReZZp
— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 14, 2022
Musk responded to Bartlett’s tweet with what appeared to be genuine curiosity, first tweeting, “Is this real? What is the URL?
Is this list real? What is the URL?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 14, 2022
He then followed up with another tweet that included a link to the group’s Wikipedia page and the word “concerning.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 14, 2022
Other notable names on the list include former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, according to DW.com, the website of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s state broadcasting service.
“It is not clear who exactly is behind Myrotvorets. At first it was assumed that he was an adviser to the Minister of the Interior. The website says it is the work of an independent non-governmental organization founded by a group of researchers, journalists and experts,” DW.com explains.
“In essence, Myrotvorets acts like a public pillory. The site publishes the personal information, names, and addresses of people identified as pro-Russian separatists, their accomplices, or “Kremlin agents.”
Whether the Myrotvorets list is a “kill list” seems to depend on which side of the Russia-Ukraine war is being talked about.
An August column by an apparently pro-Russian author on the Medium website reported that those on the list are being killed and the Ukrainian word for “liquidated” is stamped on their picture in threatening red letters.
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Using the word “Nazi” to describe the Kiev government pretty much shakes a writer’s hand in sympathy. And writer Deborah Armstrong used it liberally to describe Ukraine and its supporters while implying Myrotvorets had ties to American intelligence agencies.
She also wrote that Daria Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian intellectual who supports Russian President Vladimir Putin, was one of those who had a “liquidation stamp” on her face after her death in an August explosion.
However, no actual connection is claimed between the list and Dugina’s death.
That didn’t stop Armstrong’s criticism.
“Why is this site allowed to operate is a good question,” Armstrong wrote. “But you can easily access it and even donate money to help the cause if you are Nazi sympathizers and think killing people for their opinions is a healthy way to support Ukraine.”
That’s a bit stronger than the “pillory” described by Deutsche Welle.
Whether alarmed by the alleged threat or full of sarcasm, Musk tweeted Saturday, “The hell with that…even though Starlink is still losing money and other companies are getting billions from taxpayers, we’re just going to keep funding the Ukrainian government for free,” according to CNBC.
To hell with that…even though Starlink is still losing money and other companies are getting billions in taxpayers’ money, we’re just going to keep funding the Ukrainian government for free
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 15, 2022
Regardless of the truth about Myrotvorets — whether it’s a public information site with a purpose, as DW.com described it, or a site for anyone who “sympathizes with Nazis” — this whole issue shows how desperately both sides are trying to keep the propaganda site alive to win the war.
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With this in mind, it is important to remember that the danger of lies from either side about warfare is truly unlimited.
Damaging, demoralizing information campaigns like this make it almost impossible to find any credible truth about this conflict.
It will be interesting to see what other notable faces appear on such lists as the war drags on into winter.
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