James O'Brien reacts to Elon Musk challenging Vladimir Putin

Elon Musk has taken the unusual step of changing his name on Twitter from Elon to Elona, after being called “'effeminate” from the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kadyrov was commenting on Musk’s decision to challenge Vladimir Putin to “single combat”. The Tesla billionaire baffled the internet this week after offering to take on the Russian leader in a bid to end the conflict in Ukraine.

Writing on Telegram, Kadyrov said Musk would require a huge amount of training to beat Putin.

“Elon Musk, a word of advice: Don’t measure strength against that of Putin’s,” he said in an English translation shared by Musk on Twitter.

Musk had an unexpected response to Kadyrov's commentsGetty

“Vladimir Vladimirovich (Mr Putin’s middle name) will look unsportsmanlike when he beats the hell out of you, a much weaker opponent.”

He then mocked Musk and called him “gentle (effeminate) Elona” before offering to train him in three Chechan institutes.

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After the criticism, Musk changed his name to Elona on social media and said: “Thank you for the offer, but such excellent training would give me too much of an advantage.

“If he is afraid to fight, I will agree to use only my left hand and I am not even left-handed. Elona.”

Who knows where this strange sideshow to the war in Ukraine will take us next.

It comes after Musk previously joked about sending “space dragons with lasers” to Ukraine to help the country defend itself, while he actually made a difference by providing the country with internet via SpaceX’s Starlink satellites.

He made the bizarre proposition to fight Putin in a tweet recently, writing: “I hereby challenge Владимир Путин [Vladimir Putin] to single combat.

“Stakes are Україна [Ukraine].”

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