A top Russian official has responded to tech billionaire Elon Musk's challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a "single combat" to end the invasion of Ukraine, by quoting verses from Alexander Pushkin's The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda.
"You, little devil, are still young," wrote Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Russia's space programme Roscosmos, quoting Pushkin's poem. "You are weak to compete with me; it would only be a waste of time. Overtake my brother first," added Mr Rogozin.
Mr Musk had challenged President Putin to an one-on-one fight to stop the Ukraine war. "I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat. Stakes are Ukraine," he had tweeted.