The Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its second week, and as Russian forces raid the once-peaceful cities, more civilians are turning to Space X founder Elon Musk to help.
Musk responded almost immediately to the emergency calls.
Ukraine’s leaders thanked the tech tycoon for the second shipment of Starlink satellites that arrived in the country last night.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted his gratitude and said Musk kept his word.
Musk’s generosity included additional shipments of power adapters for car cigarette lighters, solar/battery packs and generators for places where electricity is not available.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also thanked Musk for “supporting Ukraine with words and deeds”.
Fedorov first tweeted the Space X boss for help on day two of the invasion, prompting Musk to respond almost immediately.
Tesla employees summoned to fight for three months’ wages
Musk went one step further.
CNBC reports that Ukrainian Tesla workers conscripted to fight against the Russian army will be paid three months’ wages.
According to an email sent to workers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on Monday, Tesla will reassess the war between Russia and Ukraine and the situation of their employees before making a decision on the next course.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on reservists to fight back in februaryprior to the expected invasion.
Fedorov’s Digital Strategy to Fight Back
In the early days of the attack, Ukraine’s digital minister got to work, using the power of social media to talk to the world’s most powerful tech moguls.
Within days, Ukraine successfully persuaded companies such as Paypal, Youtube and Twitter to impose restrictions on Russia.
“We have received a letter from @Dan_Schulman, CEO PayPal. So now it’s official: PayPal is shutting down its services in Russia due to aggression in Ukraine. Thanks @PayPal for your support!” tweeted Fedorov.
He confirmed that YouTube had stopped monetizing Russian propaganda.
While Twitter also blocked Russians from registering new accounts in the Russian Federation.
Meta’s president of Global Affairs Nick Clegg said there are: continuous efforts help Ukraine.
This includes setting up a dedicated operations center staffed by experts, including native Russian and Ukrainian speakers, who monitor the platform around the clock, allowing Meta to respond to issues in real time.
Several security features have been added in Ukraine and Russia, including the ability for people to lock their Facebook profiles, removing the ability to view and search friends lists, and additional tools on Messenger.
“We are taking extensive measures to combat the spread of misinformation and are implementing greater transparency and restrictions around state-controlled media,” Clegg added.
Similar calls have been made to Netflix, Apple, Amazon and Google.
How Cryptocurrencies Fund Ukraine’s Relief Efforts
Ukraine is among the top five countries that have adopted and legislated the use of cryptocurrency.
On the eve of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian parliament passed a new law on virtual assets.
“This will legalize crypto exchanges and cryptocurrencies, and Ukrainians can protect their assets from potential misuse or fraud,” Fedorov said.
Fedorov said modern technologies will be part of the best response to tanks, missiles and missiles by 2022.
“I have reached out to the biggest tech giants to support sanctions against the Russian Federation. We have asked them to help us stop this excessive aggression against our people!” he said.
The Ukrainian crypto community has offered “a generous reward” for all information related to Russian and Belarusian crypto wallets from the country’s politicians and their entourage.
Fedorov also asked all major crypto exchanges to block the addresses of Russian users.
“It is critical not only to freeze the addresses associated with Russian and Belarusian politicians, but also to sabotage ordinary users,” he said.
The Ukrainian government has also set up crypto wallets to receive donations.
“Stand with the people of Ukraine”
Now accepting cryptocurrency donations. Ethereum. Bitcoin and Tether (USDTtrc20)”
BTC — 357a3So9CbsNfBBgFYACGvxxS6tMaDoa1P
ETH — 0x165CD37b4C644C2921454429E7F9358d18A45e14
USDT (trc20) — TEFccmfQ38cZS1DTZVhsxKVDckA8Y6VfCy
The Ukrainian’s fundraising efforts are bearing fruit. A single crypto user donated $5 million to altcoin, Polkadot.
“The crypto community continues to support Ukraine. I am grateful for @gavofyorkwho made an impressive $5 million donation from @Dot $DOT† This will certainly contribute to Ukraine’s victory and support the civilian population. We will win – the best people with us.”
While NFT and in-game Metaverse platform DMarket @dmarketfroze accounts of users from the Russian Federation and Belarus, with speculation that money from these accounts would be diverted to war relief.
“Nowadays Robin Hoods. Bravo,” said Fedorov.
Ukrainian musicians, with Fedorov’s help, have turned to Spotify and Apple Music to allow artists to turn their album covers into images of the bloody war in Ukraine.
“Let’s get more Russian sensible people involved!” tweeted Fedorov.