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Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin donates $5 million in ETH to aid Ukraine

Ana
Nicenko
3 months ago
3 mins read

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its seventh week, cryptocurrency has proven a practical method to aid the invaded people and military in their struggle. In the largest of such donations, the Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has contributed to the effort with a total of $5 million in crypto.

Specifically, Buterin donated 750 Ethereum (ETH) to Unchain Fund, a charity project created by blockchain activists to support Ukraine with humanitarian aid, the fund tweeted on April 6.

Source: Unchain Fund

He also donated the same amount to Aid For Ukraine, an aid fund set up by the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation, as confirmed on the organization’s Twitter page, also on April 6.

Buterin reportedly hasn’t mentioned his donations anywhere, and they were only revealed thanks to his registered Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domain name, ‘vitalik.eth’, from which he transferred the donations.

Crypto donations to Ukraine top one hundred million

Notably, since the beginning of the “special military operation” on February 24, Ukraine has received support in crypto from all over the world, recently topping $100 million on March 28, as Finbold had reported. 

Particularly, the contributions have been made to the Ukrainian government, as well as to Ukrainian NGO: Come Back Alive, UkraineDAO, Unchain Fund, Aid For Ukraine, and Cryberpolice Ukraine.

The donations’ recipients have used them for various purposes, including military support and humanitarian initiatives. As such, crypto donations have demonstrated the ability to provide instant, cross-border money transfers that do not require mediation from conventional financial institutions.

It’s worth mentioning that Finbold first reported that Bitcoin (BTC) donations to Ukraine began pouring as Russia threatened to launch an invasion on February 8, mostly spearheaded by Ukrainian volunteers and hacker organizations.

Bitcoin surged 35% a month after the invasion started

Finally, lead insights analyst Will Clemente noted on March 28 that “Bitcoin is up 35% since Russia entered Ukraine,” showing the flagship digital asset’s resilience in the face of the challenging geopolitical market situations.

That said, the price of Bitcoin is currently going through some bearish times, falling far below the $45,000 mark, and continuing to drop. At press time, it is trading at $43,411, down 4.25% in the past 24 hours.

Bitcoin 7-day price change. Source: CoinMarketCap

Additionally, this price marks an 8.13% drop across the previous week, according to CoinMarketCap data. The market capitalization of the largest cryptocurrency by this indicator currently stands at $826.98 billion.

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Ana Nicenko
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Ana Nicenko has a plethora of knowledge and experience as a journalist covering the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries, having written for a variety of projects and organizations. Additionally, Ana has a master's degree in English Language and Literature. At Finbold, she reports news on the digital assets sector.

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