Ukrainians raise $1.6 million for Ukrainian army from limited edition salt

27 March, 04:00 PM
One pack of salt could be purchased for 500 hryvnias (Photo:UNITED24)

One pack of salt could be purchased for 500 hryvnias (Photo:UNITED24)

Ukrainians have raised over UAH 58.5 million ($1.6 million) through the UNITED24 platform within the “Soledarity. Ukrainian Rock-solid Strength” project for the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, a Ukrainian minister has reported.

Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, said on Telegram on March 27 that the money will be used to fund a new fleet of suicide drones.

UNITED24 and Artemsil, Ukraine’s largest salt producer, released a limited batch of salt to commemorate the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The special batch was made from 20 tonnes of salt previously mined in the now-occupied town of Soledar. The batch consisted of 100,000 200g packs and cost UAH 465 ($12.7) per pack.

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The funds will be spent to purchase over 2,200 FPV drones, Federov said.

“This was made possible thanks to everyone who purchased this pack of strength,” he said.

“And also thanks to the contributions of our donors and businesses that have continuously supported the army for more than a year.”

National retail chain Silpo and online marketplace ROZETKA supported the initiative, covering some costs, while platform users covered the rest.

More than UAH 8 million ($218,767) was raised thanks to the raffle of five packs of salt signed by the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence services, General Kyrylo Budanov.

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