Elon Musk Says These 4 Things Need To Happen To End Putin's War In Ukraine

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  • Musk polled Twitter followers to determine if they agree with his four thoughts on how Russia and Ukraine would reach peace.
  • “This is highly likely to be the outcome in the end – just a question of how many die before then” Musk said.
Elon Musk Says These 4 Things Need To Happen To End Putin's War In Ukraine

While Ukraine is continuing its counteroffensive in the northeast of the country as it tries to reclaim more occupied land from Russia, Elon Musk is pondering how the war is going to end.

What happened: Musk polled his more than 107 million Twitter followers on Monday to determine whether they agree with his four thoughts about how Russia and Ukraine will eventually come to a peace agreement. “This is highly likely to be the outcome in the end,” Musk said.

Russia announced last Friday it was annexing four regions in Ukraine, a move branded as illegitimate and farcical by the international community.
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1. Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision, Russia leaves if that is the will of the people.

The Russian-orchestrated referendums (elections) in the annexed regions, which Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky called a farce, ended with the following results, according to Tass, the Russian state news agency:

87% of voters supported joining Russia in the Kherson region
93% in Zaporizhzhia region
99% in Donetsk region
98% in Luhansk region

2. Crimea, becomes formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake)

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which was governed by Ukraine before being invaded and annexed by Russia in 2014, is still recognized by the majority of nations, including the United States, as Ukrainian territory.

Up until 1954, when the Soviet government transferred Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federation of Socialist Republics to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Crimea was a part of Russia from 1783, when the Tsarist Empire annexed it, a decade after defeating Ottoman forces in the Battle of Kozludzha.

Khrushchev’s mistake: The handover of Crimea to Ukraine, according to Nina Khrushcheva, a political scientist and Nikita Khrushchev's great-granddaughter, was done in part to strengthen Khruschev's political position against then-Prime Minister Georgii Malenkov.

“It was somewhat symbolic,” the granddaughter said, “somewhat trying to reshuffle the centralized system and also, full disclosure, Nikita Khrushchev was very fond of Ukraine.”

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3. Water supply to Crimea must be assured

The North Crimean Canal is for Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula. It is used for irrigation and watering.

The canal's construction officially began shortly after the transfer of Crimea in 1954, but Ukraine shut it down in 2014, not long after Russia annexed the region.

However, the water supply was turned back on in March 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine.

According to a 2015 study, the canal had been supplying 85% of Crimea's water when it was shut off in 2014. Water from the canal was used for 72% of agricultural purposes, 10% for industrial, and 18% for drinking water and other public uses.

4. Ukraine remains neutral

Ukraine remained formally non-aligned (neutral) in international affairs for more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, up until the Russian invasion of Crimea.

As a result, despite the fact that the nation frequently alternated between pro-Russian and pro-European governments, it did not publicly take a position in the geopolitical back-and-forth between East and West.

All of that changed in 2014 after Russia took control of Crimea. The country's non-alignment status was officially renounced by Ukraine.

Back in March, Zelensky said: "Security guarantees and neutrality, the non-nuclear status of our state. We are ready to go for it. This is the most important point."

The Ukrainian President emphasized that any peace settlement would call for a halt to hostilities and the evacuation of Russian forces to their positions prior to the invasion, and he rejected calls for the nation to be demilitarized.

While Musk believes this is highly likely to be the outcome of peace, in the end, he wonders how many more people will die before then.

“Also worth noting that a possible, albeit unlikely, outcome from this conflict is nuclear war,” Musk opined, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats of the use of “all weapons made available to Russia.”

Photo: Courtesy of Herman Van Rompuy and Tesla Owners Club Belgium on flickr

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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