Elon Musk Doubted Ukraine's Ability to Win Its War With Russia, Says 'There Is No Way in Hell' Vladimir Putin Could Lose

By Jace Dela Cruz

Feb 13, 2024 07:28 AM EST

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has doubted Ukraine's ability to win its war with Russia as he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not lose the battle. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 2: Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk pauses during an in-conversation event with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Lancaster House on November 2, 2023 in London, England.

Elon Musk Says Russia's Vladimir Putin Can't Lose in the Ukraine War

In a forum Monday with several GOP senators on X Spaces, part of his X social media platform, the Tesla CEO said "there is no way in hell" that the Russian president could lose the war in Ukraine, Bloomberg reported. 

Elon Musk noted that there was pressure on Vladimir Putin not to back off, as "he would be assassinated." He said that the accusation that he was a Putin apologist was "absurd" as his companies "have probably done more to undermine Russia than anything."

He told the senators that SpaceX provides Starlink internet service to Ukraine, which has been crucial to the country's communications after Russia's invasion and the space aviation company taking business away from Russia's space launch business.

According to Musk, his interest was to stop people's deaths, and he suggested that those who want regime change in Russia "should think about who is the person that could take out Putin."

"And is that person likely to be a peacenik? Probably not," he noted, adding that such a person would probably be "even more hardcore than Putin."

Musk's comments came as he agreed with Senator Ron Johnson's statement that Russia's defeat was improbable. Johnson said those who expect Ukraine to win were fooling themselves.

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Elon Musk Opposes Senate Bill on Ukraine Financial Aid

The conversations also included opposing a Senate bill that provides further financial assistance for Ukraine to continue fighting the full-scale invasion of Russia.

Elon Musk and Ron Johnson were joined by senators JD Vance and Mike Lee, as well as former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and co-founder of Craft Ventures LLC David Sacks.

Vance said the $95 billion measure, which includes $60 billion in assistance for Ukraine, funding for Israel and Taiwan, and humanitarian aid for Gaza, should not push through, Bloomberg reported.

"We gotta kill this thing (Ukraine bill)," Vance noted. Musk said he hoped people would contact their elected representatives about the bill, as he believes this spending would only prolong the war, which "does not help Ukraine."

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