As we approach 2024, the Russo-Ukrainian war that commenced in 2014 continues to stand as a defining global conflict.
In a shocking turn of events, in February of 2022, Russia unexpectedly invaded Ukraine. Immense bloodshed occurred with roughly 120,000 Ukrainian deaths (including almost 10,000 civilians), and Russian casualties almost doubling that number. Virtually the entire U.S. has rallied behind Ukraine, not only because of our diplomatic relations established in 1991, but also due to the fact that the country was invaded unexpectedly.
It does not stop there: Ukraine is outnumbered by three soldiers to one, and its armed forces are far less experienced. The majority of Americans are supporting the underdog. However, not everyone in the U.S. supports Ukraine.
Even amid this complex landscape, it just so happens to be that one of the most influential people in the world is heavily in favor of Russia.
That person is Elon Musk.
Musk is a South African-born American citizen who is a visionary entrepreneur known for his groundbreaking work in technology and space exploration. As the CEO of SpaceX, he has pushed the boundaries of space travel and made significant strides toward enabling human colonization of Mars. Musk is also the co-founder and CEO of Tesla, and he has been a driving force in the development of sustainable energy solutions. The supergenius has certainly already made his mark on the U.S., but his technological control spans much farther, and he even affected the Russo-Ukrainian war, giving Russia an even larger advantage.
According to CBS News, Elon Musk revealed that he declined Ukraine’s request to activate internet access via SpaceX’s Starlink near the Russian-annexed Crimea, effectively preventing a potential Ukrainian attack on the Russian Navy base in Sevastopol. Biographer Walter Isaacson disclosed that the Ukrainian military had planned a covert attack using drone submarines guided by Starlink, which Musk secretly deactivated within 100 kilometers of the Crimean coast, rendering the attack harmless.
Musk later called for a truce in the conflict and faced previous controversy for acknowledging Russian sovereignty over Crimea. Additionally, he initially considered discontinuing funding for Starlink in Ukraine but reversed the decision after the U.S. military discussed the possibility of government funding for Ukraine’s use of the satellite network.
In light of these developments, it’s essential for the school community to be informed about the intricate dynamics of the Russo-Ukrainian war. The world is interconnected in ways that transcend geography, and powerful figures like Musk can surprisingly shape international events. This knowledge underscores the importance of staying informed about global affairs, as they can impact us in ways we might not anticipate.
Understanding the complex web of international relations and the role of key individuals like Elon Musk helps us make informed decisions and engage in meaningful conversations about surrounding events.