Eric Wall, chief information officer of Arcane Assets, a Scandinavian-based cryptocurrency investment firm, tweeted that Ukraine’s move was “karma gamification.”

Less than two days later, Fedorov announced that the airdrop had been canceled. Instead, he tweeted, the government would launch a new NFT project to support Ukraine’s military. He emphasized that there were no plans for Ukraine to issue its own interchangeable token, like bitcoin, perhaps in reference to conjecture about such an idea.

“We DO NOT HAVE any plans to issue any fungible tokens,” he wrote Thursday.

As much as airdrops can spur onlookers to donate, they can also inspire “airdrop farming,” in which crypto holders hoping to grab the reward do the bare minimum to participate. After the initial announcement, some 8,300 people donated less than $10.

Beyond the official government-led effort, Come Back Alive, an NGO benefiting Ukraine’s army, has also received millions in cryptocurrency donations — and is getting millions more from UkraineDAO, a group organized on the blockchain that held an auction to raise funds, according to blockchain data.

The NGO organizers pivoted to crypto after their campaign was suspended from Patreon. But UkraineDAO is limiting spending to helping the victims of war, the New York Times reported. Patreon spokesperson Ellen Satterwhite said that would “absolutely be allowable under our guidelines.”

Ukraine has not ruled out using donations to buy lethal weapons, Chobanian said, but he was not sure whether that was feasible. “Another day like this and we’ll be buying lethal weapons,” he said on Telegram from Ukraine early Tuesday.