Ukraine raises over £1.5m to send Putin ‘far far away’ to Jupiter in a rocket

Ukraine has raised over £1.5million to send Vladimir Putin "far far away" to Jupiter in a rocket.

Launched by the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation, pokes fun at Putin's invasion of Ukraine and promises to send "the bloody dictator far, far away".

People are encouraged to donate a minimum of $2.99 (£2.29) in order to reach the goal of $100million (£76.5million) to "purchase a rocket".

However, Ukraine's vice Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov revealed that the funds raised would instead go towards the country's armed forces and towards the restoration of the cities destroyed from the Russian attacks.

He tweeted: "Everyone wants Putin to die. Until this happens, we give Ukrainians and the whole world a unique opportunity: Send Putin to Jupiter.

"Donate $2.99 for a rocket. All funds will be directed to the restoration of the destroyed infrastructure!"

Ukrainian-owned State Enterprise Diia is behind the fundraising account and it has been endorsed by the official Ministry of Digital Transformation.

The website has been set up with English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers in mind.

It aims to reach 100 million citizens across the globe to help "send the one Evil to Jupiter" – a journey that would take two years when Earth and Jupiter are at their closest and five when they're at their furthest.

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Mr Fedorov later tweeted: "I am sure @elonmusk can send Putin to Jupiter", referring to Musk challenging the Russian leader to "single combat".

The Tesla CEO tweeted a one-on-one challenge to Putin, with the future of Ukraine on the line.

He wrote: "I hereby challenge Владимир Путин to single combat. Stakes are Україна."

Mr Musk was so confident he would win that he even offered to fight Putin using only his left hand, despite not being left-handed.

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