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RUSSIA, UKRAINE AND BITCOIN ANALYSIS:

  • Ukraine legally adopts cryptocurrency weeks after Russia did the same
  • Russia-Ukraine tensions heat up amid skirmish – BTC drops to support
  • Key (BTC) technical levels analyzed
Bitcoin (BTC) Update: Ukraine Joins Russia in Legalizing Bitcoin

UKRAINE LEGALIZES AND REGULATES CRYPTOCURRENCIES

Yesterday, the Ukrainian parliament enacted a law to legalize and regulate cryptocurrencies. Previously, cryptocurrency transactions operated within a legal grey area. The timing of the legislation appears rather interesting considering Russia voted to do the very same just weeks earlier, however, the bill was set in motion in 2020 and now heads to the president’s office.

CRYPTOCURRENCY DIPS AS GEOPOLITICAL ESCALATIONS HEAT UP

Bitcoin approached 45,000 but sold off on Thursday after news of a flare up in eastern Ukraine hit news wires. Bitcoin, like many risk assets, remains highly reactive to the news flows out of Ukraine and remains one of the most speculative ‘assets’.

 

Typically, Bitcoin has performed well when the stock market (S&P 500) was booming. Now, as global monetary policy normalizes and equities fail to show any signs of reaching new highs, bitcoin looks to be following suit.

Bitcoin 4-Hour chart

Bitcoin (BTC) Update: Ukraine Joins Russia in Legalizing Bitcoin

Source: IG, prepared by Richard Snow

Yesterday’s drop settled at the 40k mark and trades slightly up at the time of writing. Should the sell-off continue, the nearest level of resistance appears at 39,600 before 37,325. Bullish momentum faces many challenges including the latest developments in Ukraine and the zone of resistance between 41,500 and 42,500. A break above the zone brings 40k and 45,650 into focus as levels of resistance.

Bitcoin Daily Chart

Bitcoin (BTC) Update: Ukraine Joins Russia in Legalizing Bitcoin

Source: IG, prepared by Richard Snow

 
 

--- Written by Richard Snow for DailyFX.com. 18th Feb 2022

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