How The Influence Of Crypto In Ukraine’s Resistance Goes Beyond Money

On March 3, Alona Shevchenko was in London growing more panicked as she spoke to friends in her home country of Ukraine. Russian shelling had started a fire at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest such facility in Europe, located not far from her parents’ home.

“I call my parents absolutely hysterical and I’m like please, you need to evacuate right now because there is just going to be a huge nuclear disaster.”

Shevchenko’s previous pleas for her parents to relocate away from the fighting had been rebuked; they insisted on staying put and defending their hometown.

Again, as flames torched an administrative building at Zaporizhzhia, setting off alarm bells of concern around the world, Alona’s appeal to her parents was denied. Within hours the flames were extinguished. There was no nuclear meltdown, but the following day it seemed Shevchenko’s father Viktor had changed his mind.

“He calls me and he says ‘Alona, actually could you try and find us something helpful to do?’”

The father on the ground in Ukraine’s war zone was asking his daughter in the UK to re-deploy him.

This counterintuitive circumstance is part of the unexpected, unlikely and unsung way a 21st century war in Europe is being fought: not just with conventional weapons, propaganda and intelligence, but also with completely parallel and independent systems of organizing, communicating and transacting that center around an increasingly infamous pop culture pariah: cryptocurrency.

Shevchenko knew exactly where to deploy her parents where they would be needed and have the right resources to help at that moment.

“I know by this time that there is this huge problem at the border; that…


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