Ukraine Boosts Crypto Crime Fighting with Advanced Training

In a bid to combat the rising tide of financial crimes involving virtual assets and cryptocurrencies, Ukrainian officials underwent specialized training in tracing crypto transactions across different blockchains. Fourteen officials from Ukraine attended the training course held in Vienna, Austria, from November 14 to November 17.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a coalition of 57 countries spanning Europe, Asia, and North America, released a report detailing the initiative. The OSCE addresses global security concerns and highlights the importance of equipping law enforcement and supervisory bodies with advanced techniques and tools to investigate financial crimes involving virtual assets.

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The Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities organized the training program in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Ralf Ernst, acting coordinator of OSCE economic and environmental activities, emphasized the urgency of enhancing Ukraine’s resilience against financial crimes, particularly money laundering, given the growing use of virtual assets and cryptocurrencies in the country.

Furthermore, this is not the first time Ukrainian officials have received training in crypto investigations. OSCE expressed its commitment to continuing support for Ukraine’s efforts to combat money laundering, especially in the realm of virtual assets and cryptocurrencies. The ongoing project, titled “Innovative Policy Solutions to Mitigate Money-Laundering Risks of Virtual Assets,” is funded by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, and Poland.

The project specifically aims to assist the governments of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine in mitigating criminal risks associated with digital assets and cryptocurrencies. Notably, Tether, a stablecoin issuer, recently collaborated with law enforcement agencies in Ukraine and Israel to freeze 32 wallet addresses potentially linked to terrorist activity, underscoring the traceability and trackability of cryptocurrency transactions.

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Furthermore, Tether CEO Paolo Ardoino debunked the myth of anonymity in crypto transactions, highlighting the transparency inherent in the crypto ecosystem. The frozen addresses contained a total of $873,118 worth of Tether.

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