In the face of Russia’s relentless invasion, Ukraine has been fighting a valiant battle on multiple fronts, and the global community has rallied behind them in support. A recent report by blockchain intelligence firm Crystal Blockchain has shed light on the astounding financial backing that Ukraine has received in the form of crypto assets.
Crypto Donations Soar: Ukraine Rakes In Billions
Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion last year, Ukraine has garnered a substantial $225 million in cryptocurrency donations alone. These funds have played a pivotal role in acquiring essential supplies, encompassing weapons, ammunition, and medical equipment. Consequently, Ukraine has successfully stood its ground against the aggressor.
The global crypto community has consistently demonstrated immense generosity, as evidenced by the unwavering nature of their donations. Month after month, these contributions have surged with remarkable solidarity. However, since reaching its apex in March 2022, when global unity was at its strongest, monthly crypto donations have gradually tapered off and failed to exceed $10 million since May of that same year.
Interestingly, humanitarian initiatives have garnered more crypto donations than military-focused campaigns. Out of the $225 million raised in digital assets, $134 million was allocated to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the affected population, while $91 million was channeled toward strengthening the country’s armed forces.
Breaking down the digital asset contributions, the majority came in USDT, totaling an impressive $83 million. Ethereum was the second most popular choice, with donations worth $79 million, followed by Bitcoin, which contributed $41 million. Smaller cryptocurrencies like Binance USD (BUSD) and Polkadot’s DOT made up the remaining contributions.
On the flip side, Russia’s military and paramilitary units have also embraced digital asset fundraising efforts. However, their endeavors have remained covert and under the radar. Crystal’s data reveals that crypto donations to the Russian military barely amounted to $2 million.
Nevertheless, some estimates suggest higher figures, with Chainalysis reporting $5.4 million of donations in February, directed both to Russian military units and propaganda resources.
The stark contrast between the sums raised for Ukraine’s defense and Russia’s war efforts can be attributed to the global condemnation of Russia’s actions and the clandestine nature of its fundraising activities. Binance, for instance, identified over $7.2 million worth of donations to Russia, hinting at the potential scale of covert support.
As the conflict rages on, it is evident that the power of digital assets extends beyond financial transactions. The solidarity shown by crypto users worldwide in supporting Ukraine’s resilience against aggression highlights the humanitarian spirit that transcends borders, uniting people in times of crisis.
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