Ukraine has received over $70 million in cryptocurrencies since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, providing the nation with funds for military equipment and humanitarian assistance.
The figures came from a Feb. 24 report by blockchain data platform Chainalysis, which found the majority of the funds to have come in the form of Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC).
ETH donors led the way with $28.9 million given, while donors of BTC and Tether (USDT) chipped in $22.8 million and $11.6 million, respectively.
Cryptocurrencies donated to Ukraine wallets provided by the Ukrainian government. Source: Chainalysis
Donations have also come in the form of nonfungible tokens, such as UkraineDAO’s auction of a Ukrainian flag NFT thasold for $6.1 million.
Around 80% of the total $70 million donated came in the first few months of the war, with the speed of cryptocurrency payments fast-tracking the country’s ability to respond to the Russian invasion, Ukrainian deputy digital minister Alex Bornyakov explained in an interview with Yahoo Finance on Feb. 24:
“If we used the traditional financial system it was going to take days […] We were able to secure the purchase of vital items in no time at all via crypto, and what is amazing is that around 60% of suppliers were able to accept crypto, I didn’t expect this.”
Bornyakov added that the Crypto Fund Aid For Ukraine was an “absolute success” and that he was blown away by not only the amount of donations that came through but the ease at which the digital ministry could access those funds for Ukraine’s defense.
Alona Shevchenko, co-founder of Ukraine DAO, also explained to Yahoo Finance that cryptocurrencies provided a solution when restrictions were imposed on the Ukrainian central banking system:
“The central bank introduced limits on foreign currency transfers in and out of Ukraine to stop the run on the hryvnia […] Thanks to crypto we were able to cover some of our defenders’ immediate needs, there was literally no other way at the time.”
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