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Ukrainian women are selling their nudes online to raise money for their country’s troops.
The project, named “TerOnlyFans”, has already raised more than $700,000 since March.
Its founder, Nastassia Nasko, told Insider she was proud to have found a unique way to help Ukraine.
Nastsassia Nasko says she got the idea by accident.
Days after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, she posted on Twitter asking if someone with a car could help evacuate an acquaintance out of Kharkiv, one of the first Ukrainian cities besieged by the Russian troops.
When no one responded, the 25-year-old tweeted, half-jokingly, that she would send a naked photo of herself to anyone who could help.
Within five minutes, she had more than 10 messages in her inbox, she told Insider. After sending a naked photo of herself to a man who offered to help her, her acquaintance was safely driven out of Kharkiv.
The experience sparked an idea and a few days later — on International Women’s Day – Nasko and her friend, Anastasiya Kuchmenko, launched “TerOnlyFans”. (“Ter” is the abbreviation for territorial defense.)
The project has a similar model to OnlyFans, the subscription-based social platform that has become a lucrative way for adult content creators to earn money. (It is unrelated to OnlyFans, and the company did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.)
But on TerOnlyFans, the money goes directly to the Ukrainian military, rather than the creators. Three months later, the group has raised more than $700,000, Nasko told Insider.
The majority of donations go to Ukraine’s Territorial Defense, though Nasko said the project has also sent money to refugee or animal shelter organizations.
Since the site’s launch, 35 women and three men, most of whom are based in Ukraine, have signed up to send photos to donors. Only 10 of them have ever had experience with OnlyFans, while the rest told Nasko they wanted to volunteer to help Ukraine, she said.
Most of the donors are from Ukraine, although the group has also received money from people in the Netherlands, France and the UK, Nasko said. The highest donation ever received by the group was a cryptocurrency payment of $2,800.
Unlike Onlyfans, project volunteers don’t take photo requests, Nasko said: “We’re not sex workers, we’re trying to raise money for the war.”
Nasko, who is originally from Belarus but lived in Kyiv before the war, told Insider she was proud of her unique approach to fundraising for Ukraine.
“I feel happy because I can support people in Ukraine and show that not all Belarusians like Russians and that we are good people. We want to help our neighbors,” she said.
The leader of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and supported him in the invasion.
After Russia invaded Ukraine, Nasko decided to leave Kyiv and moved into an apartment in Warsaw, Poland, where she manages TerOnlyFans alongside her full-time job as a marketing manager at a music company. esports.
Together with Kuchmenko, who has decided to stay in Kyiv, she continues to promote the project on Telegram, liaises with volunteers and verifies the legitimacy of donations.
The amount of work can be grueling, but Nasko said she has no plans to relax.
“We will end this project when Putin dies and Russia stops its aggression,” she said.
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