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Ukraine Claps Back Hard After Elon Musk Mocks Zelenskyy's Request For Aid

After the X owner shared a meme about Ukranian President Zelenskyy asking for aid from the U.S., the nation's parliament clapped right back.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy; Elon Musk
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After billionaire X owner Elon Musk shared a meme about Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asking for aid from the United States, the nation's Parliament had a snappy response of its own.

The meme Musk shared featured Zelenskyy's image and a caption that read:

"When it's been 5 minutes and you haven't asked for a billion dollars in aid."

You can see Musk's post below.

The context for Musk's meme lies in Zelenskyy's visit to the U.S. last month, during which he sought additional financial assistance for Ukraine. However, over the weekend, aid for Ukraine was notably omitted from a stopgap funding measure passed by Congress, which aimed to prevent a government shutdown.

Ukraine's parliament later responded with its own version of the meme on its official X page. In their adaptation, Musk was depicted alongside the caption:

"When it's been 5 minutes and you haven't spread Russian propaganda."

You can see the post below.

People loved it—and couldn't help but mock Musk themselves.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a Ukrainian presidential adviser known for his criticism of some of Musk's previous statements argued that remaining silent or adopting irony about Ukraine's situation played into the hands of Russian propaganda. Podolyak emphasized the importance of understanding the daily challenges faced by Ukrainians living in the midst of the ongoing conflict.

He said:

"Any support for Russia today is a direct investment in war, genocide, destruction of the free world, escalation and the right to impunity. Any silence or irony towards Ukraine today is a direct encouragement of Russian propaganda that justifies mass violence and destruction."
"Unfortunately, not everyone and not always, while being significant media figures, but being thousands of kilometres away from the war's epicentre, is able to realize what the daily bombardments and cries of children losing their parents are."

The removal of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday might indicate a potential change within the House of Representatives regarding assistance to Ukraine. Some of the potential successors to McCarthy strongly advocate for supporting Kyiv, while others are firmly against it.

For the first time, the House voted to remove its leader on Tuesday, with 208 Democrats and eight fellow Republicans voting against McCarthy. The identity of McCarthy's successor remains uncertain, but if the next speaker opposes providing aid to Ukraine, they could block such proposals from reaching the House floor.