After the Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the sinking of a Russian warship in the Black Sea and a group of Ukrainian border guards who insulted Russian forces and were subsequently taken prisoner, Ukrainians lined up in hundreds of people at post offices across the country on Monday.
Now, the stamps have been reissued – with a twist. The previous set of six stamps shows a member of Ukraine making rude hand gestures on a Russian warship off the coast; The latest set of stamps includes three of the same stamps – and three modified stamps show that the service member is still standing, but not the ship. The modified stamp was released after Ukrainian forces, backed by U.S. intelligence, attacked the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Moscow, which later sank in a symbolic push of Russian aggression.
“Russian warships – done!” Stamp says that April 14, marked the date of the attack against Moskva. The new stamp was issued on Ukraine’s Marine Day, as well as 40 days after the sinking of Moscow.
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The head of the Ukrainian Postal Service, Commander of the Ukrainian Navy and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky introduced the stamps at a ceremony.
“Things like this stamp are the first and foremost symbol that helps us believe in victory. “We must win this war, and the occupiers will go down,” Zelensky said in a statement.
Proceeds from the sale of the latest round of stamps “will go to a foundation focused on helping physicians, military and civilians,” the National Postal Service Ukrposta said in a telegram post. The previous version raised about 135,000 for the Ukrainian army, Ukraine says.
Pictures shared on social media show long lines of people waiting at post offices in cities such as Lviv and Odessa, after stamps were issued at 1,500 local branches across the country at 2pm local time on Monday.
The excitement and excitement caused by the first round of stamps, said Igor Smelyansky, head of the Ukrainian Postal Service, said that 5 million stamps would be issued this time – and that the number of customers customers could buy “without exception” was limited. He added that stamps will be sold internationally again.
“We’ve done our best to learn from past sales so I wish everyone a happy shopping!” Smelyansky wrote.
The stamps will come with different tags for different markets, a statement from Zelensky’s office said. For international shipments it will be “Russian warships… done! Nation’s glory!” – And for the Ukrainian shipment, “Russian warships… done! Enemies killed!