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War memories that will last forever: Ukraine unveils NFT museum of war on Ethereum, but there’s a catch

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  • Ukraine has launched the Meta History Museum of War which features NFTs that chronicle events that have transpired as the country is attacked by Russia.
  • Everything on the virtual museum is available for purchase, with each NFT retailing at 0.15 ETH, or about $465 at press time.

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has been condemned the world over, with many hoping it will end soon and we can all put it behind us. However, Ukraine has other plans and wants to ensure that Russia’s infamy will be remembered for all eternity. The country has launched an NFT museum of war on Ethereum that chronicles the attack by its neighbor.

Known as the Meta History Museum of War and launched by the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation, it’s fully virtual and features a collection of NFTs. It chronicles the events in the war between the two Eastern European nations, which started a month ago and is still continuing. The war has brought about immense destruction, especially in the capital Kyiv and according to some estimates, Russia may have lost up to 15,000 troops in Ukraine, despite being the aggressor.

The museum features NFTs that chronicle events starting 5:45 AM local time on February 24, the first time Russia announced “a special military operation” in Donbas, Ukraine.

The museum analyzed the verified news of the war and placed them in chronological order. It then invited dozens of Ukrainian artists to make their illustrations of the events. The data was then uploaded on the blockchain as NFTs.

According to the museum’s website, 54 NFTs of the key moments of the war between February 24-26 will be available for purchase as NFTs starting Wednesday, March 30. The proceeds will then be channeled to support the country’s army as it keeps Russian troops at bay, while some will be used to offer assistance to civilians.

The aim is to immortalize the war by Russia, the museum says.

We will never let any single day of this period disappear from the ledger of world history

There’s a catch, however. When you purchase an NFT from the museum, you don’t get to know the content until you get to buy it.

Aside from raising the funds, the NFTs will serve as yet another effort by Ukraine to shed a light on what’s happening in the country. Despite thousands losing their lives in the war, very little has been done. Western and European powers have relegated their efforts to simply imposing sanctions on Russia, which has had little effect on President Vladimir Putin’s resolve. After all, Russia already faced several sanctions even before the war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called out Western powers for their inaction, stating, “The audacity of the aggressor is a clear signal to the West that the sanctions imposed on Russia are not sufficient.”

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