Ukraine Turns to NFTs to Fund Armed Forces
Updated · Mar 04, 2022
The country canceled a planned airdrop of crypto assets less than a day after announcing it and now intends to focus on NFTs.
NFTs To Buttress War Effort
The Ukrainian Government says it will issue NFTs to help support its military as they fight off an invasion from Russia. The disclosure came with the abrupt cancellation of the crypto airdrop announced only 12 hours earlier.
Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who also doubles as Minister for Digital Transformation, posted the news on his verified Twitter page.
After careful consideration we decided to cancel airdrop. Every day there are more and more people willing to help Ukraine to fight back the agression. Instead, we will announce NFTs to support Ukrainian Armed Forces soon. We DO NOT HAVE any plans to issue any fungible tokens— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 3, 2022
Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are one-of-a-kind cryptographic tokens on a blockchain. They act as certificates of ownership for digital or even physical assets.
Even before this announcement, Ukraine had indicated that it is embracing blockchain technologies to help raise money.
According to blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, the effort, led mainly by Fedorov, has helped to raise tens of millions of dollars through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency donations. While most of those assets have gone to the government - Come Back Alive, an NGO also receives a portion to fund its activities.
Scammers attempted to take advantage of the situation before the Minister’s Thursday afternoon tweet. A fake token, designed to seem to originate from the Ukrainian government’s Ethereum wallet, reached $500,000 in trading volume in the decentralized exchange Uniswap.
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