Elon Musk On Ukraine's Counteroffensive Against Russian Defenses: 'So Much Death For So Little'

Zinger Key Points
  • Venture capitalist David Sacks shared an updated map showing the progress of Ukraine's counteroffensive.
  • Elon Musk responded saying, "So much death for so little."

Ukraine went on the counteroffensive in June in an effort to liberate Russian-held territories in its ongoing war with Vladamir Putin-led Russia. Tesla Inc TSLA CEO Elon Musk expressed his discontent this week.

What Happened: In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, responding to venture capitalist David Sacks, Musk ridiculed Ukraine's recent push against Russia's occupying forces.

"So much death for so little," Musk said in the post.

Sacks shared an updated map showing the progress of Ukraine's counteroffensive as part of an ongoing thread he started in mid-June following the "failing counteroffensive" efforts.

"UPDATE: 'Ukrainian territorial gains from their much-vaunted counteroffensive [highlighted in blue] are so miniscule they can barely be seen on a map,'" Sacks tweeted, quoting David Pyne, Deputy Director of National Operations. 

This isn't the first time Musk has spoken out on the Russia-Ukraine war. In October 2022, he posted a poll on then-Twitter suggesting a redo of elections of annexed regions, that Crimea remain formally a part of Russia and Ukraine remain neutral by not joining NATO. 

"This is highly likely to be the outcome in the end — just a question of how many die before then," Musk said in a follow-up tweet to the poll. 

The post was met with backlash. Ukrainian Diplomat Andrii Melnyk told the Tesla CEO to "f*** off" and the poll ultimately ended in majority opposition. 

Musk's biographer Walter Isaacson who has said Musk has a "demon mode," recently revealed in a new excerpt from his book that Musk ordered SpaceX engineers to disable Starlink satellites near Crimea to sabotage a Ukranian attack that he thought would result in nuclear warfare. 

"Starlink was not meant to be involved in wars. It was so people can watch Netflix and chill and get online for school and do good peaceful things, not drone strikes," Musk reportedly told Isaacson. 

Musk's Starlink service was estimated to have gained around 150,000 users in Ukraine roughly two months after the Tesla CEO supplied the nation with its high-speed connectivity

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