Crypto has funded $54M to Aid for Ukraine
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister revealed that the crypto community had contributed $54 million in crypto funds through "Aid For Ukraine" initiative to support the country's military efforts against Russia.
On Thursday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov's disclosed via his Twitter post that the $54M was channeled through the Ukrainian government-run crypto donation initiative "Aid For Ukraine."
The crypto fund initiative operates by transferring cryptocurrency to the crypto exchange FTX, which converts cryptocurrency into fiat currency, which is then withdrawn and transferred to the National Bank of Ukraine.
Funding received and its usage by Ukraine
According to Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation, the initiative received $54 million in the form of 595 Bitcoin worth $13.9M, 10,190 Ether worth $18.7M, USD Coin worth $2.2M, and Tether worth $10.4M.
The cryptocurrency payments have gone toward military equipment, hardware, and munitions, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) worth $11.8 million, which are typically used to locate enemy troops and targeted attacks.
Among other army and medical accessories, the donations also included $6.9M for armour vests, $3.8M for field rations, $5.2M for anti-war media drive, and $5M for "weapons of the Ministry of Defense request.”
"Crypto is playing a critical role in Ukraine's defence," said Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation Alex Bornyakov on the government-affiliated donation website.
Founder of the Ukrainian crypto exchange KUNA Mike Chobanian added that the crypto community's contributions had demonstrated blockchain technology's influence on nation-states, claiming that it can serve as a "backbone of global security" in times of crisis.
However, the Aid For Ukraine crypto fund is not the only campaign raising funds to support Ukrainian defence efforts. The Reserve Fund of Ukraine, Come Back Alive, UkraineDAO, and Unchain Fund have also contributed funds in the seven-figure range. However, the amount of cryptocurrency-based funds they've received hasn't been disclosed since March 2022.
Author: Priya Kumari
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