Ukraine said it would now accept cryptocurrency donations in dogecoin (DOGE) from supporters of the conflict with Russia – and tagged the billionaire and DOGE promoter Elon Musk in the tweet announcement.
“Now even meme can support our army and save lives from Russian invaders,” tweeted Federov.
The vice prime minister noted that the price of DOGE (approximately $0.13 at press time) “exceeded” the price of one Russian ruble (approximately $0.009 USD at press time), in an apparent dig at Russia.
In the tweet, Federov tagged Musk, the billionaire CEO of electric-vehicle maker Tesla, who has spoken favorably of DOGE in the past and described himself as "The Dogefather" in a tweet leading up to his "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig last year. Federov also tagged Billy Markus, the creator of Dogecoin, who goes by the pseudonym Shibetoshi Nakamoto.
Dogecoin founder Markus responded to Federov via a tweet saying he had personally “sent some” DOGE as a donation.
“Dogecoin folks aren’t usually rich and dogecoin itself is generally used for small transactions, but we are a caring and passionate bunch,” tweeted Markus. “Those who want to help will offer what they can ~ I hope the country can heal and rebuild stronger after all of this.”
At press time, Ukraine’s official DOGE wallet had received over 300 donations totaling about 272,000 DOGE, or $35,360.
The most commonly donated amount? 420 DOGE.
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