Ukrainian Boxer Wladimir Klitschko Releases NFT Collection to Support Relief Effort

All proceeds will be donated to the Ukraine Red Cross and UNICEF as Russia’s invasion continues.

Mar 8, 2022 at 1:25 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 8, 2022 at 3:47 p.m. UTC

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Ukrainian boxing legend and two-time heavyweight world champ Wladimir Klitschko is releasing a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFT) to support Ukraine’s war effort.

Proceeds from the collection will be donated to Red Cross Ukraine and UNICEF. The collection, titled “Vandalz for Ukraine: WhIsBe x Wladimir Klitschko,” was made in partnership with artist WhIsBe, and will be available to mint in a tiered pricing model for $100, $1,000 and $10,000.

“It is a magnificent initiative, a support through art at the service of people who suffer,” Klitschko said in a statement. “Art can be beautiful on many levels when used to serve humanity.”

Klitschko and his brother Vitali, who is the current mayor of Kiev and also a former champion boxer, have become faces of the country’s military resistance, having both chosen to fight on the front lines despite their celebrity status.

The collection is one of numerous NFT-related projects to be released in support of Ukraine in recent weeks.

An NFT of the Ukrainian flag sold for $6.75 million on March 2, and the total contributions made to Ukraine via cryptocurrency during the war have now surpassed $50 million.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be of service for the greater good,” WhIsBe said in a statement. “It’s incredible to be able to use my art and this emerging technology to help others in need and provide immediate relief to any location in the world.”

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