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What the Russia-Ukraine conflict has revealed about crypto

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has tested the capabilities of crypto in a real-world conflict where sanctions and inventive blockchain crowdfunding models abound.

The war, which is drawing into its ninth month, has uncovered a raft of blockchain benefits, such as the capacity to support humanitarian endeavors. It has also revealed how much control national authorities can exert over crypto networks.

Vadym Synegin, co-founder at IT and crypto solutions provider Tecor, told Cointelegraph that cryptocurrencies have a unique advantage in situations where there is an increased risk of money transfer interruptions due to the centralization of conventional systems.

“With most markets controlled by centralized authority figures that can easily buckle under the political tensions, the crypto markets remain more or less decentralized, meaning that their operational efficiencies during periods of crisis are further enhanced,” he said.

So, what other aspects has the Russia-Ukraine conflict revealed about crypto?

Crypto donations for humanitarian aid

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has shown that cryptocurrencies can be used for fundraising in military conflicts. Notably, the Ukrainian government began accepting crypto donations at the beginning of the year in a bid to enhance donor inclusivity, and this led to the creation of the Crypto Fund of Ukraine.

The nation’s Ministry of Digital Transformation is currently in charge of the fund, which was set up in conjunction with Kuna, FTX and Everstake to buttress Ukraine’s humanitarian aid and military programs. The project has enabled the Ukrainian government to raise over $100 million in cryptocurrency donations so far.

That said, some pro-Ukraine crypto fundraising groups have turned to novel crypto instruments such as decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) to raise funds for the nation.

The UkraineDAO, which is among the most prominent of the lot, was created in February for the sole purpose of providing monetary support to Ukrainian soldiers. The project’s co-founders include Russian critic Nadya Tolokonnikova, who is…

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