The Nationwide Financial institution of Ukraine (NBU) continues taking measures to forestall capital outflows amid martial legislation by imposing main restrictions on cryptocurrency purchases.

The Ukrainian central financial institution formally introduced Thursday a set of restrictions on cross-border operations, prohibiting people from shopping for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) with the nationwide fiat foreign money, the hryvnia (UAH).

Ukrainians are actually allowed to purchase Bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies solely with international foreign money, with complete month-to-month purchases restricted to 100,000 UAH ($3,300). The related restrict additionally applies to worldwide peer-to-peer transactions.

In response to the announcement, the NBU has deemed crypto purchases as “quasi money transactions” alongside operations like digital pockets deposits, international trade transactions and journey funds. By adopting restrictions on such transactions, the central financial institution goals to forestall the “unproductive outflow of capital” from the nation amid martial legislation.

“The related modifications will assist enhance the international trade market, which is a vital prerequisite for relieving restrictions sooner or later, in addition to lowering strain on Ukraine’s worldwide reserves,” the NBU wrote.

The central financial institution admitted that the necessity for worldwide transactions has massively elevated amid martial legislation, with tens of millions of residents being compelled to go away Ukraine. Nonetheless, the NBU can’t afford “unproductive capital outflows,” which embrace investing in cryptocurrencies, the announcement notes, including:

“Quasi money transactions […] are primarily carried out to bypass the present restrictions of the Nationwide Financial institution, particularly for investing overseas, which is prohibited below martial legislation. Due to this fact, the related transactions ought to be interpreted as resulting in unproductive capital outflows.”

In response to the NBU, the Ukrainian authorities adopted the related modifications as a part of the NBU board decision from April 20, 2022, which entered into drive on Wednesday.

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Some Ukrainian banks have adopted such restrictions already, in accordance with a number of sources. PrivatBank, the biggest business financial institution in Ukraine, reportedly prohibited its clients from buying BTC with UAH in mid-March.

The restrictions apparently increase eyebrows because the Ukrainian authorities has been actively working to legalize cryptocurrencies amid martial legislation. In March, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a legislation to determine a authorized framework for the nation to function a regulated crypto market.