Crypto community rallies with Ukraine as local NFT artists’ works sell out

It appears that crypto enthusiasts worldwide are rallying in support of Ukraine to resist an ongoing full-scale Russian invasion. 

According to reports, Bitcoin (BTC) donations to Come Back Alive, a non-governmental organization helping Ukraine’s military efforts, received $3 million in BTC in a single donation on Friday. Users also took to social media to ask the country’s Ministry of Defense to accept crypto donations, such as USDT. At the same time, the founder of Ukraine’s Kuna exchange created a crypto fund to assist charities in the country. 

On Friday, the outpouring of support gained further traction. Nonfungible token (NFT) artist “pan_danil” began organizing a campaign to direct donations, launch NFT auctions and pledge a percentage of project sales to NFT artists in Ukraine. At the time of publication, a group of volunteers had formed curating a community list of Ukrainian NFT artists and links to their artwork on NFT platforms such as Rarible, Foundation, and OpenSea.

Related: Ukraine Bitcoin exchange volume spikes 200% as Russia war sparks currency concerns

Meanwhile, other Ukrainian artists, such as “voplividchau,” have reported their NFT drops selling out due to community support. But despite the successful sale, she wrote

It’s very scary in Kiev [Kyiv] now; it was scary at night, and what will happen next is so scary. I admire how brave people are here.

NFT platform Orica, which launched an NFT campaign to help build a school in Uganda last year and coordinated an NFT charity drop to help victims of human trafficking, voiced its support for Ukraine’s NFT artists on Twitter. It also appears the platform is onboarding Ukrainian NFT artists directly for upcoming exhibitions. 

Related: Twitter users ask Ukrainian armed forces to start accepting crypto donations

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense claims that Russian troops have suffered approximately 800 losses in personnel since the beginning of the invasion on Feb. 24. In addition, the entity says Russia failed to achieve its military objectives on the first day of the attacks. At the time of publication, there is an ongoing battle between both sides in Kyiv. Ukraine’s economy is only about a tenth of the size of Russia’s before the fighting began, and has likely fallen further due to the invasion.

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