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Belarus-born crypto platform halts operations for Russians in response to invasion of Ukraine

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Crypto buying and selling firm Currency.com has introduced it halted operations for shoppers based mostly in Russia following the nation’s “violence and disorder” imposed on the individuals of Ukraine.

In a Tuesday announcement, Currency.com mentioned Russian residents would now not be capable to entry its providers following the platform’s determination to cease Russia-based shoppers from opening new accounts. According to Currency.com’s web site, the Gibraltar-based crypto buying and selling platform has workplaces in Kyiv, London, and Vilnius, however was beforehand licensed and headquartered in Belarus.

“We condemn the Russian aggression in the strongest possible terms,” mentioned Vitalii Kedyk, head of technique for the platform’s London operations and CEO of Currency.com’s Ukraine arm. “In these circumstances we can no longer continue to serve our clients from Russia.”

Major crypto exchanges have responded to calls on social media to both freeze Russian digital property or in any other case prohibit entry for residents amid the nation’s army invading Ukraine. A Binance spokesperson advised Cointelegraph in February that the alternate wouldn’t “unilaterally freeze millions of innocent users’ accounts,” whereas Kraken CEO Jesse Powell hinted that the one means it could lower off Russian customers’ entry to crypto can be in response to sanctions.

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However, many non-public companies together with bank card corporations Visa and Mastercard have introduced following Feb. 24 that they are going to be cutting down or totally stopping operations in Russia in response to the conflict. Ukraine’s authorities, in distinction, has utilized crypto platforms to solicit donations from around the globe, elevating greater than $60 million as of the time of publication.