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Vitalik Buterin: Putin’s Military Operation ‘a Crime Against the People of Ukraine and Russia’

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In Brief

  • On February 24, the Russian armed forces launched a "special military operation" (as Vladimir Putin calls it) in Ukraine
  • All indications are that this is the beginning of a larger invasion that could disturb the peace on the continent
  • Vitalik Buterin – co-founder of Ethereum – criticized this act, calling it "a crime against the Ukrainian and Russian people."
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Vitalik Buterin — co-founder of Ethereum — has criticized Putin and his latest exercise in warmongering.

Yesterday, Russian armed forces launched a “special military operation” (as Vladimir Putin calls it) in Ukraine. However, all indications are that this is the beginning of a larger invasion that could disturb the peace on the continent.

Vitalik Buterin criticized this act, calling it “a crime against the Ukrainian and Russian people.” Despite being born in Russia, the 28-year-old programmer ended his speech with the words, “Glory to Ukraine.”

In his latest tweet, Vitalik Buterin said he was “very upset” by Vladimir Putin’s decision to start a war with Ukraine. In his opinion, the military operation will lead to devastating consequences for both the citizens of Ukraine and Russia.
The co-creator of Ethereum also expresses pessimism that the conflict will be resolved diplomatically. Vitalik gloomily predicted, “I know there will be no security.”

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Buterin’s Tweet.


Russian-born Buterin appears to be speaking against his homeland in this war dispute. He stated that while Ethereum is neutral, he is not.

Vitalik Buterin and The reaction of the financial markets

The growing tension between the two nations has caused massive disruptions in the cryptocurrency and financial markets. Bitcoin has plunged to nearly $34,000, while most altcoins are deep in the red as well.

Digital asset market capitalization has fallen below $1.6 trillion, which means it has decreased by around $200 billion since yesterday.

It is not yet known how “great nations” will approach armed conflict. US President Joe Biden called Russia’s attack “unprovoked and unjustified.”

He also warned Putin of “further consequences” if the aggression continues soon.

Boris Johnson – the Prime Minister of Great Britain – also sided with Ukraine. He said Britain would provide a military support package to the attacked nation and impose severe sanctions on Russia.

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Zerelik Maciej
Travelling, diving, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, mining. A supporter of the idea of decentralization. Up to date with the cryptocurrency market for about 3 years. Privately HODLer of BTC, ETH, LINK, BNB, DOT.
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