Crypto donations fund ATVs and gas masks for Ukrainian military

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Ukrainian officials have used funds from the crypto donation platform launched by the government to purchase supplies for the country’s military amid the ongoing war with Russia.

In a Friday tweet, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation Mykhailo Fedorov announced the country had purchased five all-terrain vehicles which “will come in handy for a challenging environment” — possibly referring to conditions near the front lines with Russia or where roads have been damaged or destroyed. Funds for three of the ATVs originated from Aid for Ukraine, a platform the government launched in March accepting crypto donations “to support people in their fight for freedom.”

At the time of publication, Aid for Ukraine said it has raised more than $60 million in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Tether (USDT), Polkadot (DOT), Solana (SOL), and USD Coin (USDC). Fedorov reported on Wednesday that the government had already used some of the funds to supply 5,000 gas masks for state border guards and the army. Aid for Ukraine has also purchased more than 5,000 “optical and thermal imaging devices” for the nation’s military since the war began, tablets aimed at helping Ukrainians escaping the country to find accommodations and aid, bulletproof vests, medical supplies, vehicles, and clothing

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Since the beginning of the Russian military invasion in February, the Ukrainian government has turned to the crypto space many times as a solution for receiving funds from concerned parties. Fedorov announced in April that the government would accept contributions toward the war effort in the form of nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, which will in turn be sold to “contribute to the Ukrainian victory,” and recently launched a charity NFT collection with pieces from Ukraine’s video game developers and digital artists.

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