Ukrposhta presents new postage stamps "Weapons of Victory" on the occasion of the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
On December 6, Ukraine celebrates the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It was on this day that Ukrposhta put into circulation the "Weapon of Victory" stamps and held a special redemption with the "First Day of Issue" stamp at the Kyiv Main Post Office. The special redemption took place in all regions of Ukraine and will last for two days (December 6-7). The stamps of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol will be used at the Kyiv main post office.
Ihor Smelyansky, CEO of Ukrposhta, and Yuriy Husyev, CEO of Ukroboronprom, took part in the special cancellation.
The issue is a charity one and was carried out with the assistance of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the State Concern "UkrOboronProm". Part of the funds raised will be used to help the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
"In addition to capturing important historical events, heroic images and weapons of the army, Ukrposhta's wartime stamps also help raise funds for the needs of the Armed Forces. Thanks to the charitable component of this stamp issue, anyone who cares can make a personal contribution to support our defenders and bring the Victory closer! And in this way, a small stamp turns into a big weapon - both figuratively, because stamps today are a symbol of the invincibility of the Ukrainian spirit, and an element of the struggle in the information space, and directly, because the funds raised will be used to accelerate the victory over the enemy," commented Igor Smelyansky, CEO of Ukrposhta.
Since the first days of the great war, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been using a large number of weapons, both domestic and foreign, on the battlefield. The Ukrainian military-industrial complex supplies the army with weapons that help destroy the occupiers and bring Ukraine closer to victory. For example, Vilkha, Neptune, and Stugna-P are some of the most effective types of high-precision Ukrainian weapons manufactured by the state defence industry complex Ukroboronprom.
"Vilkha" is a multiple launch rocket system designed to destroy armoured, lightly armoured and unarmoured vehicles at long range. At the beginning of February 2022, the Ukrainian military eliminated dozens of armoured vehicles, air defence systems, electronic warfare equipment, and mobile command posts of the occupiers with these missiles.
"Neptune" is a land-based anti-ship missile system with anti-ship cruise missiles designed to destroy warships of the cruiser, destroyer, frigate and corvette classes. On April 13, 2022, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed the Russian cruiser Moskva with Ukrainian Neptune missiles.
"Stugna-P" is a man-portable anti-tank missile system designed to destroy moving and stationary armoured targets. "The Stugna-P is successfully used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to destroy important targets at a great distance - tanks, multiple launch rocket systems (Ukraine).
"Bayraktar TB2" is a Turkish-made unmanned aerial vehicle with long flight duration. It has become famous not only for its effective strike missions, but also for correcting multiple launch rocket systems (Turkey).
The FGM-148 Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank missile system designed to destroy armoured vehicles, ground fortifications, and some aircraft. It was the Javelin that became a decisive deterrent weapon in the first phase of the war. It allowed the Ukrainian military to act faster than the enemy and hit more accurately (USA).
"The M142 Hybrids is a highly mobile artillery missile system that has guided precision rockets in its arsenal. It is a multiple launch rocket system that can destroy the enemy at a distance of up to 70 km (USA).
The "Weapons of Victory" stamp sheet consists of 6 postage stamps with samples of military weapons of the Ukrainian army. To accompany the stamps, Ukrposhta has traditionally issued a "First Day of Issue" envelope, an unmarked envelope and a card. Themed merchandise will also be available for sale.
The circulation of the stamp sheet is 200,000 copies. The cost of a stamp sheet is UAH 90, of which UAH 18 is a charitable contribution. The face value of each stamp is U (12 UAH), which corresponds to the rate for sending a non-priority simple letter weighing up to 50 grams within Ukraine.
The authors of the issue are graphic artists Serhiy and Oleksandr Haruky. The Haruky brothers have considerable experience in designing sketches for Ukrainian postal products. In 2018, the stamp sheet "Insects of Ukraine" by Sergiy and Oleksandr won the highest philatelic award - the WIPA Grand Prix and the status of "Best Stamp of the World 2018".
The "Weapons of Victory" stamp issue will be available starting December 06 at Ukrposhta city offices across the country, as well as in the official Ukrposhta online store. In addition, new postage stamps will be sold on the Prom, Kasta, Rozetka, eBay and Amazon marketplaces. Those who pre-ordered the stamps will receive them starting December 6. The sale of the First Day envelope in outlets will be limited to no more than 2 per order. You can order up to 50 stamp sheets, 50 artistic envelopes and 50 postcards online. Pre-orders for the Weapons of Victory set have been open since December 1, which can be purchased by following the link.