Ethereum ETH/USD co-creator Vitalik Buterin has criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to attack Ukraine, calling it a “crime against the Ukrainian and Russian people.”
What Happened: Buterin, who was born in Russia and grew up in Canada, said on Twitter that he was very upset by Putin’s decision to go to war by abandoning the possibility of a peaceful solution to the dispute with Ukraine.
“I want to wish everyone security, although I know there will be no security. Glory to Ukraine,” Buterin said in Russian, as per a machine-translated version.
"I want to wish everyone security, although I know that there will be no security," the Ethereum co-founder added. "Glory to Ukraine."
Очень расстроен решением Путина отказаться от возможности мирного решения спора с Украиной и вместо этого начать войну. Это преступление против украинского и русского народа.
Хочу желать всем безопасности, хотя знаю, что не какой безопасности не будет.
Reminder: Ethereum is neutral, but I am not.
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Why It Matters: Buterin’s statement comes after Putin said late Wednesday night that Russia’s armed forces would carry out a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Buterin had lived in Russia until the age of six before his parents emigrated to Canada in search of better job opportunities.
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin BTC/USD, Ethereum ETH/USD and Dogecoin DOGE/USD tumbled following the news.
The global financial markets are also extending a sell-off.
Price Action: Bitcoin is down 8.4% during the past 24 hours, trading at $34,752.75, while Ethereum is down 9.9% to $2370.37.
Read Next: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin Pull Back Again As Russia-Ukraine Crisis Intensifies, Appetite For Risk Shrinks
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