As the war between Russia and Ukraine rages on for the seventh day, it has brought into focus cryptocurrencies and their use. The Ukrainian government appealed on Twitter for cryptocurrency donations following its invasion by Russia.
Ukraine's Vice-Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted the wallet addresses for donations.
Stand with the people of Ukraine— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 26, 2022
Now accepting cryptocurrency donations. Ethereum. Bitcoin and Tether (USDTtrc20)
BTC - 357a3So9CbsNfBBgFYACGvxxS6tMaDoa1P
ETH - 0x165CD37b4C644C2921454429E7F9358d18A45e14
USDT (trc20) - TEFccmfQ38cZS1DTZVhsxKVDckA8Y6VfCy
I'm asking all major crypto exchanges to block addresses of Russian users.— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 27, 2022
It's crucial to freeze not only the addresses linked to Russian and Belarusian politicians, but also to sabotage ordinary users.
To date, it has received 35,000 donations, including $5.8 million from Gavin Wood, the British programmer who co-founded Ethereum. There have been several other donations of more than $1 million.
Ukraine: Crypto capital of the world?
A report by New York Times in November last year highlighted the efforts of the Ukrainian government to promote cryptocurrencies in the country and examined if it can become the "crypto capital of the world".
In February, at a time when tensions were building up with Russia, Ukraine's Parliament adopted a law on virtual assets to legalise crypto exchanges and cryptocurrencies. "Today we made one more step forward: Parliament adopted a law on virtual assets! This will legalize crypto exchanges and cryptocurrencies, and Ukrainians could protect their assets from possible abuse or fraud," Fedorov said in a tweet.
Ukraine is already in top-5 countries on cryptocurrency usage. Today we made one more step forward: Parliament adopted law on virtual assets! This will legalize crypto exchangers and cryptocurrencies, and Ukrainians could protect their assets from possible abuse or fraud.— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 17, 2022
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In fact, Ukraine topped the platform's Global Crypto Adoption Index for 2020.
Impact of war on cryptocurrencies
According to data from CryptoCompare, Bitcoin trading denominated in the Russian rouble went into overdrive when the invasion began on Thursday. Daily volumes rose 259 per cent from a day earlier to 1.3 billion rouble or $13.1 million.
In Ukraine, crypto exchange Kuna saw its daily trading volume more than treble to 150 million hryvnias or $5 million.
On the day of the attack, about $300 million short bitcoin positions were liquidated, Coinglass data showed, while Singapore-based QCP Capital said: "a good portion" of leveraged long positions had been taken out.
On Wednesday, even as global markets struggled amidst the war, cryptocurrencies traded in the green. Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, rose by 2.64 per cent in the last 24 hours. The ETH token of the Ethereum blockchain also went up by 3.26 per cent. USDT Tether, which is a stablecoin, rose by 0.01 per cent.
Bitcoin, USDT Tether and Ethereum also saw a significant rise in their volumes traded in the last 24 hours. The BNB token, native to the Binance exchange, zoomed up by 4.49 per cent and the USDC stablecoin went up by 0.01 per cent.
(With inputs from agencies)
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