A Russian-state TV host who acts as a propaganda mouthpiece for Vladimir Putin has slammed Elon Musk as a "war criminal".
Vladimir Solovyov was denouncing Musk over his company SpaceX's donation of over 20,000 Starlink satellites to the Ukrainian military.
In a video shared on Twitter and translated by Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Solovyov said: "Well, objectively speaking, because those technology and those satellites that he supplies, and those terminals, it's all now being used to create attack drones of various power degrees.
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"And we have to deal with them seriously, with this space group, and with everyone like that militarist Elon Musk."
He went on to describe the Twitter and Tesla CEO as "in principle, a war criminal".
Solovyov, who hosts a show on Russia-1 called Evening with Vladimir Solovyov, previously called for Putin to destroy the satellites with nuclear weapons.
"What if we hit something [with nuclear weapons]," Solovyov said in October.
Clarifying, he added: "To space, and goodbye, Elon Musk's group."
Moscow State University Department of Global Politics professor Andrey Sidorov chimed in with: "In space as well, if we hit their satellites, that would also mean, so to say, war."
Solovyov didn't seem too fazed by the prospect of nuclear war. He answered: "And what is now? Is it peace?"
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Sidorov sighed and said: "I mean, a large nuclear war… then they will just die, and we'll go to heaven."
Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov has previously said that the Starlink satellites are an "essential part of crucial infrastructure" that allow Ukraine to rebuild following Russian missile strikes.
Musk once threatened to stop funding the program but backtracked.
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