On February 24, Russia’s military intervention began on the border with Ukraine. On that same day, Fadey, a 20-year-old Ukrainian, made the decision to flee his country. His main concern was that men between the ages of 18 and 60 could be recruited to join the Army, so he became convinced that he had to get away fast.
In his flight, the young man took a USB key with 40 percent of everything he had saved, something like $2,000 dollars but in the form of bitcoins, since carrying cash would have complicated his departure.
In an interview with CNBC, the man, who did not want to reveal his true identity, said that he used the first $600 to buy a bus ticket that would allow him to cross the border and get some food and a room in a hostel for him and his girlfriend.
The protagonist of this story managed to leave his country at the right time, as two hours later Ukraine closed its borders to all men of fighting age.
“I couldn’t withdraw cash at all, because the ATM lines were so long and I couldn’t wait that long,” Fadey told CNBC. Thus, the fact of carrying your savings on a USB stick along with a unique access key ended up becoming a key decision at that time.
“I could just write my opening sentence on a piece of paper and take it with me,” added the young man who is currently in Poland.