Here’s how Ukrainian crypto battalions help civilians survive a war
- IT experts are creating NFT and digital wearables collections to raise money
- The categories are food, medical kits, bulletproof vests, drones, and thermal imagers
- After a collector buys one of these NFTs, the funds are donated to charity
War on the land, in the sky, and in the metaverse. As Ukrainian soldiers try to repel attacks by Russian occupiers in Kyiv, Kharkov, Mariupol, and other cities, a new guerrilla force has emerged in Ukraine: the local IT army.
Using NFTs to fight aggressors
Before the war, IT specialists were developing code and working in crypto trading and startups. Now they are helping civilians and the army to win this war by any means necessary. To do so, they have chosen an unusual approach: NFT and digital wearables. One of such collection is a Make-Peace Donations (MPD).
The facts about MPD
Make-Peace Donations created five NFT categories that Ukrainian people need most right now: food, medical kits, bulletproof vests, drones, and thermal imagers.
After a collector buys one of these NFTs, the funds are donated to charity. Smart contracts make the donation process fully transparent.
NFT prices start from 0.05 ETH.
About the categories
The fields ration - the number of civilians without access to food and water is rising by the day because of a citywide curfew. There is no centally organized supply of food or water. It is done on a voluntary basis.
The medical kit - the more medicine there is for people suffering from the war, the more people will survive. Recently, Russian forces bombed a children's hospital in Mariupol, injuring pregnant women and burying patients in rubble despite a ceasefire deal in place that should have allowed people to flee.
The bulletproof vest – according to OHCHR, the 13-day massacre took 364 lives. They were all civilians, including 25 children. 759 were injured. The cost of a vest is $500, but human life is priceless.
The drone - a very tiny little thing that is extremely useful. It can track sabotage attempts, detect signs of Russian invaders and prevent death from missiles.
The thermal imager - at night, Russian forces don’t sleep. Ukraine needs more thermal imagers to see their movements.
Collections sold for $1M
There are more than 30 NFT collections to support Ukrainians. Some of them have already been sold, including for as much as $1 million. The funds have been transferred to charities.
Decentraland got involved
Decentraland also took part in the fundraising campaign. WonderZone Amusement Park made some Ukraine editions of the latest wearables, which are being sold to the WonderMine field.
The startup DRESSX launched a "Support Ukraine” collection featuring the colours of the Ukrainian flag.