The world’s richest man, Tesla founder Elon Musk has challenged Vladimir Putin to a fight.

In a series of early morning tweets, Elon Musk shared memes, references to Macbeth and a challenge to the former Russian KGB officer and Judo expert to  a “single combat,” over his invasion of Ukraine.

“I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat,” Musk tweeted. He typed Vladimir Putin’s name in Russian.

“Stakes are Ukraine,’ he wrote, writing the country’s name in Ukrainian.

The 50-year-old Tesla founder also made a direct reference to the Kremlin.

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Do you agree to this fight? Musk asked.

And then came the references to Macbeth:

During an interview with Joe Rogan in May 2020, Elon Musk revealed that he has dabbled in Taekwando, karate, judo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

On March 7, the Wall Street Journal reported that Vladimir Putin, who is a black belt in Judo, has been stripped of his titles with the International Judo Federation.

The organization said, in the latest rebuke from the sporting world over his invasion of Ukraine.

The sports governing body, in a brief statement posted to its website late Sunday, said Mr. Putin, a longtime practitioner, and judo aficionado, had been removed from all positions at the IJF. It also stripped all titles and jobs from Arkady Rotenberg, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the president.

The IJF had earlier suspended Mr. Putin, 69 years old, from his role as honorary president of the organization. The IJF cited Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for that Feb. 27 decision.

“In light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin’s status as honorary president and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation,” the group said at the time.

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