Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has defended a controversial peace plan he proposed for Ukraine which would see Kiev make some concessions to Russia. Musk was hounded on Twitter by pro-Ukrainian bot accounts and condemned by the Ukrainian government, but insists that his idea is preferable to the deaths of “millions of people.”
Musk posted his peace proposal to Twitter on Monday, suggesting that Russia hold new UN-supervised referendums in its newly-acquired territories, while Ukraine formally relinquishes its claim to Crimea, guarantees the peninsula’s water supply, and declares itself a neutral country.
A poll accompanying his post showed around 60% of respondents backing the plan, before pro-Ukrainian accounts in the comments summoned an army of trolls to swing the vote in their favor. Musk himself said that the poll was subjected to the “biggest bot attack I’ve ever seen.”