The majority of companies supplying weapons to Ukraine in its defense efforts against Russia are reportedly accepting crypto assets as payment.
According to a new report by Yahoo Finance UK, Alex Bornyakov, Ukraine’s deputy digital minister, says that about 60% of the combat suppliers the country has done business with have been able to accept digital assets.
Bornyakov says that even some Russian nationals donated crypto assets to Ukraine, and that digital assets are preferred as they are much more expedient compared to traditional currencies.
“If we used the traditional financial system it was going to take days, we were able to secure the purchase of vital items in no time at all via crypto, and what is amazing is that around 60% of suppliers were able to accept crypto, I didn’t expect this.”
About 33% of the donations came through the Crypto Fund Air For Ukraine program, which Bornyakov called an “absolute success,” according to the report.
“[The fund was] an absolute success, not just from a standpoint on how much money that has been raised, but also from the procedure, the efficiencies and speed of access funds through crypto.”
War between Ukraine and its neighbor to the east broke out last February after Russia invaded Ukraine over a decades-long territorial dispute.
Ukraine immediately started requesting crypto donations through its government’s Twitter account, asking for Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and stablecoin Tether (USDT).
Other assets accepted so far by Ukraine include Cardano (ADA), Solana (SOL), and Polkadot (DOT).
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