Vitalik Buterin, co-founder and face of Ethereum, made an appearance at the Kyiv Tech Summit to show his support for Ukraine amid its ongoing dispute with Russia.
As reported by Coindesk, Buterin surprised the public after keeping his planned appearance a secret for security reasons. The visit to the war-torn county comes ahead of next week’s Ethereum merger, which will officially transition the network from proof-of-stake to proof-of-work.
Summit organizers tweeted that this was Buterin’s first visit to Ukraine. Still, it was not his first show of support for the country since the Russian invasion began in late February. A Canadian citizen born in Russia, Buterin publicly donated to Ukraine’s war effort and took to Twitter to curse a prominent representative of Vladimir Putin’s regime.
He joined a guest list of mastheads from companies based in or originating from Ukraine like Kuna Exchange, Celo Foundation, Near Protocol and Allbridge. Also present were leaders from the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation.
Crypto has been a top success story in wartime Ukraine. Decentralized industry maintained jobs for displaced Ukrainians, while providing a line of donations to the military effort.
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