Ukraine has detailed exactly how it spent over $54 million in donations from the crypto community.
In the early days of the war, Ukraine began accepting cryptocurrency donations from kind-hearted folk around the world wanting to help the country defend itself from Putin’s war of aggression.
Yesterday, Ukrainian Vice Prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov posted a breakdown of how the crypto donations were spent:
“Every helmet, bulletproof vest, and night vision device save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers. Thus, we must continue to support our defenders. Thanks so much to everyone from the crypto community for supporting Ukraine!” said Fedorov.
Unsurprisingly, Ukraine spent the most on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). UAVs have been pivotal in Ukraine’s defense of its homeland.
The Bayraktar UAV, made by Turkish firm Baykar, has gained a cult following in Ukraine for its efficiency against Russian armour. Ukrainians have even written quite catchy songs about the Bayraktar:
Following a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to purchase additional Bayraktar drones, Baykar refused to accept the money and instead sent three drones for free.
“Baykar will not accept payment for the TB2s, and will send three UAVs free of charge to the Ukrainian war front,” the company said in a statement.
“We ask that raised funds be remitted instead to the struggling people of Ukraine,” it said.
Aid for Ukraine mostly received donations in the form of Ethereum, being sent 10,190 Ether in total worth $18.7 million. This was followed by 595 Bitcoin worth $13.9 million, Tether worth $10.4 million, and USD Coin worth $2.2 million.
Alex Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, commented: “Huge thanks to the crypto community for this unprecedented support of Ukraine and its defense of the principles of democracy and freedom in face of the war waged by the Russian Federation.”
Mike Chobanian, Founder of the Kuna Exchange and President of the Blockchain Association of Ukraine, said: “This is not just the war against centralised regime, this is the birth of blockchain as a backbone of global security.”
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