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Cryptoassets Use in Ukraine War under Scrutiny by Global Regulators: Reuters

Using crypto assets is being closely watched by global financial regulators amid the war in Ukraine. They are worried about using the Western sanctions on Russia, according to Reuters.

U.S. and European lawmakers have sent out multiple warnings to digital asset companies. They are asking them to comply with Western financial sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded Ukraine. However, reports have said that the $1.8 trillion crypto sector has not completely accepted the requests from lawmakers.

Crypto Exchanges Have Turned Blind Eye to the Russian Users

Crypto exchanges have turned a blind eye to orders for a cutoff of all Russian uses, which has given rise to exchanges concerns that Russia could use cryptocurrencies. They can use crypto as a loophole to navigate around sanctions in the United States and Europe.

Moreover, , they want to support the centralized system of global finance. Also, this calls for the requirement of regulation and transparent frameworks.

Another Report By the Reuters

Another report by Blockchain. The news said that Russians with strong social connections, who are under international sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine, have been using cryptocurrencies to launder their wealth.

Crypto watchdog firm Elliptic said that it found millions of crypto addresses connected to criminal activity. In short, there were 400 digital asset providers who help users buy cryptocurrencies using rubles.

According to Reuters, some crypto exchanges have rejected calls to cut off all Russian users. This surely raises concerns that crypto could circumvent sanctions.

On the other side, Ukraine has raised more than $100 million in cryptocurrencies. They’ve raised such a huge amount by calling for help on social media for donations. One of the key reasons they are asking for donations is because of their military and humanitarian needs in bitcoin and other digital tokens.

“We at the FSB are monitoring the situation, the conflict situation relative to cryptos,” Patrick Armstrong, a member of the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) secretariat, told a City & a financial conference in London.

In addition, Armstrong said that the FSB is a group of financial regulators, central banks and finance ministry officials. This the Group of 20 economies, is sharing the information it gets among its members.


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