Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine has elicited a strong reaction from the cryptocurrency community. The news of the invasion initially sent Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies tumbling.
The U.S. government has since responded to Russia’s invasion with stringent economic sanctions that have helped crypto prices rebound from their initial price collapse. Amid all the doom and gloom, there are a few voices of hope in the crypto community.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, a Russian citizen, voiced vocal opposition to Russia’s invasion and said the country should not have abandoned the prospect of a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried decided to step up and offer monetary support to Ukrainian traders. Every Ukrainian account holder registered on the FTX cryptocurrency platform is eligible for $25 in free money, Bankman-Fried announced on Twitter, writing: “we just gave $25 to each Ukrainian on FTX do what you gotta do.”
we just gave $25 to each Ukrainian on FTX
do what you gotta do
— SBF (@SBF_FTX) February 24, 2022
The crypto community responded to a Twitter message asking for donations to the country’s troops and called on the Ministry of Defense to set up a crypto wallet; thus far, none has been created due to the country’s rules.
As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, more individuals are turning to Bitcoin to help finance the Ukrainian military. According to a report from blockchain analysis firm Elliptic, people have given over $400,000 worth of BTC to the non-governmental organization Come Back Alive. The NGO provides military equipment as well as medical and food supplies to the local army. In addition, a mysterious contributor recently donated 80 BTC, worth over $3 million at current prices, to the charity organization supporting the Ukrainian army.
Very concerned with what’s happening in Ukraine right now, and doing everything I can to support them during these difficult times.
I’ve just donated $10,000 to The Ukrainian Red Cross to assist victims of this war. I encourage everyone reading this to also help out if they can. pic.twitter.com/JdCiiHvtaj
— Mr. Whale (@CryptoWhale) February 25, 2022
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Cyber Alliance, a community of Ukrainian cyber activists, has received approximately $100,000 worth of Bitcoin, Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and a mix of stablecoins over the previous year.
Pussy Riot, a Russian rock band known for its protests against the government, has teamed up with Trippy Labs and PleasrDAO to create UkraineDAO. The UkraineDAO will sell Ethereum NFTs to aid Ukrainians affected by the war. Ten thousand NFTs of the Ukrainian flag will make up the NFT drop. The money raised through sales of this coin will be donated to NGO Proliska and the Return Alive Foundation.
welcome to @Ukraine_DAO.
our goal is to raise funds to donate to Ukranian civilian organizations who help those suffering from the war that Putin started in Ukraine.
we’ll be buying an NFT of Ukrainian flag.
— (@pussyrrriot) February 24, 2022