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Ukraine Parliament Passes Measure to Regulate Cryptocurrencies

The bill needs to be signed by the country’s president to take effect.

Sep 9, 2021 at 4:40 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 9, 2021 at 5:39 p.m. UTC

The Ukrainian Parliament passed a measure on Wednesday that would legalize and regulate all virtual assets, including cryptocurrencies.

  • The Ukraine bill was introduced in the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in December. It now needs to be signed by the country’s president.
  • Last month, Ukraine’s law-enforcement authority and main government security agency, Security Service of Ukraine, blocked a network of what it called “clandestine cryptocurrency exchanges” running in the capital city of Kyiv.
  • Passage of the bill adds to signs of growing adoption of cryptocurrencies around the world, Ulrik Lykke, executive director at the $50 million digital-asset investment firm ARK36, told CoinDesk in a Zoom interview on Thursday. For instance, the bill’s passage came one day after El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law went into effect, making the crypto legal tender.
  • Since earlier this year, Ukrainian legislators have been working together on a package of laws that would write crypto into the country’s legal system, open the banks for crypto startups and offer a simple procedure for tax reporting.

UPDATE (Sept. 9, 17:23 UTC): Updated with details in the fourth bullet point.

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