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Tech billionaire Elon Musk responded to a call out by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin telling him that he will fight the dictator with one hand.
On Monday (March 14) Musk issued a one-on-one challenge to Putin with the future of Ukraine on the line.
And today, warlord and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov tweeted the SpaceX and Tesla founder saying that Putin would "beat the hell out of you, a much weaker opponent."
Kadyrov, who said he was in Ukraine with Russian forces on Monday in a video uploaded on the Telegram app, took to the app again to even offer Musk training to help with his scrap with Putin.
"Thank you for the offer, but such excellent training would give me too much of an advantage," Musk responded.
"If he is afraid to fight, I will agree to use only my left hand and I am not even left-handed."
He signed off with "Elona", the "effeminate" name Kadyrov gave him.
The warlord, who has been accused of serious human rights violations in the Caucasus Republic, said: "You'll need to pump up those muscles in order to change from the gentle Elona into the brutal Elon that you need to be."
On Monday, Musk wrote on Twitter: "I hereby challenge Владимир Путин to single combat.
"Stakes are Україна."
He put Putin's name and the name of Ukraine in Russian so, presumably, the Russian president doesn't miss out on the challenge.
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One user asked Musk, in Russian, if he would be "surprised" if the despotic Russian leader accepted the challenge, to which he replied: "It would be an honour".
He then went on to tag the Kremlin's Twitter account directly, asking whether or not Putin "accepts" the challenge.
This is Musk's first foray into commenting on the invasion, apart from comments relating to nuclear power.
On March 6, he said it was now "extremely obvious that Europe should restart dormant nuclear power stations and increase power output of existing ones".
He added: "This is *critical* to national and international security.
"Also nuclear is vastly better for global warming than burning hydrocarbons for energy."
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