The assault on Ukraine is a change in history on more than one level. It has never ceased to reveal, at the world level, a major current of solidarity towards the besieged people. And theof crypto responded in a remarkable way. Donations immediately began to flow in favor of NGOs such as security forces. and the amounts reached are enormous: 51 million dollars were raised in one week on the following sites:
- Addresses created by the government of Ukraine (see tweet below): $27 million;
- : 9 millions ;
- : 11 millions ;
- : 2 millions ;
- : 1 million.
Stand with the people of Ukraine. Now accepting cryptocurrency donations. Bitcoin, Ethereum and USDT.
BTC – 357a3So9CbsNfBBgFYACGvxxS6tMaDoa1P
ETH and USDT (ERC-20) – 0x165CD37b4C644C2921454429E7F9358d18A45e14
– Ukraine / Ukraine (@Ukraine) February 26, 2022
At a time when traditional monetary systems are being shaken up from all sides, this possibility of accessing aeasily convertible into dollars is far from negligible.
Several particularly generous donors
On January 25, around 10 a.m., a donor single-handedly donated 80 BTC, or to a charitable organization in Ukraine. And on the evening of February 27, another anonymous donor donated (on ). For his part, the and launched a crowdfunding operation with its members. For his part, the owner of a of great value, the CryptoPunk #5364 got rid of this possession to offer it to the Ukrainian government, the equivalent of approximately 200,000 dollars.
All over the world, initiatives to support the Ukrainian people from cryptocurrency holders have multiplied. This is particularly the case of , a project set up by several players in the field, including business leaders. The government of Ukraine itself has published its own wallet addresses for sending Bitcoin or Ethereum to . The ease with which it is possible to transfer funds from its (crypto wallet) to that of the recipient, undoubtedly helped to quickly reach large amounts.
Some major figures in the crypto universe have clearly taken a stand. Among them is respected for his position as the creator of , and a native of Russia. Coming out of his reserve, he summed up his position as follows: Ethereum is neutral. But I am not. When the invasion started, Buterin came out unequivocally, again on his Twitter account (see our previous article below).
Every donation can have an impact
Of course, Futura readers, wallet holders and who would like to participate in the support of the people of Ukraine, are invited to do so, via one of the addresses mentioned above or any other site of which you could be sure of the reliability, because alas, certain dubious initiatives have also appeared in order to exploit the feeling of solidarity of each one for not very honorable ends.
Millions of dollars raised in crypto in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Article ofpublished on February 28, 2022
To help Ukraine, crypto donations are pouring in from all sides, encouraged by tweets from prominent figures in the field such as Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum.
Two particularly generous donors
On his own, on January 25, around 10 a.m., a donor had already given 80 BTC or to a charitable organization in Ukraine. And on the evening of February 27, another anonymous donor donated (and Bitcoin).
Around the world, there have been growing calls for support from the people of Ukraine from cryptocurrency holders. This is particularly the case of , a charity project set up by activists and which alone has already raised the equivalent of $1.5 million. The ease with which it is possible to transfer such funds from one (crypto wallet) to another, no doubt helped to quickly reach such an amount. It should be noted that the government of Ukraine has published its own wallet addresses for sending bitcoin or ethereum on .
Vitalik Buterin: “Ethereum is neutral, but not me”
It turns out that some major figures in the crypto universe have clearly taken a stand. Among them is highly respected for his position as the creator of , also a native of Russia. Coming out of his reserve, Buterin summed up his position thus: Ethereum is neutral. But I am not “. When the invasion started, Buterin was unequivocal, still on his Twitter account: I am very upset by Putin’s decision to abandon the possibility of a peaceful solution towards Ukraine “. He later called the decision ” crime against the Russian and Ukrainian peoples » and went so far as to sign his tweet : « Glory to Ukraine “. When the calls for donations started, Buterin first warned Internet users, encouraging them to potential hacks. And then he confirmed that the government account was legitimate.
Flee the conflict zone
Here and there, we also discover that bitcoin was able to help certain isolated personalities to flee the conflict zone. Thereby, reported the testimony of a man named LDV who was able to flee to Poland and find refuge there, thanks to his BTCs. The person concerned also reports that, from this shelter, he contributes to the efforts of Dmytro, a which is currently attacking several Russian organisations.
Could Russia use bitcoin to evade sanctions?
Of course, there is a flip side. Some analysts wonder: what if Putin had knowingly launched his invasion, knowing that he could rely on bitcoin to resist Western measures — such as the banning of many Russian banks from the international system?? In fact, Russia is the third nation in terms of of bitcoin after the and Kazakhstan.
This is the opinion of communications director at Coin Center who tweeted: “ Russia Could Use Cryptocurrencies to Evade Sanctions on a Massive Scale “. If so, the Russian president would have shown unparalleled Machiavellianism…