Middle finger to the sunken Russian ship: Already a Ukrainian stamp symbolizes this “victory”

A postage stamp depicting a Ukrainian soldier giving the middle finger to the “Moskva,” a Russian flagship sunk in the Black Sea on Thursday, went through post offices across the country on Friday, becoming a collector’s item and a symbol of the U.S “Victory”.

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At the main post office in Kyiv, hundreds of Ukrainians of all ages queued for several hours to receive the first rectangular postage stamp, which was to be printed in one million copies.

“This boat was their biggest, it was worth about $750 million, they put everything on it and it was wrecked for them! exults Ioury Kolessan, 22, who waited two and a half hours to buy a sheet of 30 stamps.

“It’s a new phase in the war, that of victory,” he says.


Middle finger to the sunken Russian ship: Already a Ukrainian stamp symbolizes this

On the first day of the conflict, Ukrainian border guards on the small island of snakes in a viral radio exchange shouted “Fuck you” to the Russian ship and demanded that it surrender.

The record of this exchange had traveled the world and served as a leitmotif for the Ukrainian resistance, even appearing on posters at support demonstrations abroad and now on postage stamps.

La Poste launched a competition in early March to illustrate the episode.


Middle finger to the sunken Russian ship: Already a Ukrainian stamp symbolizes this

After more than 500 entries, Lviv cartoonist Boris Groh’s illustration was selected, showing a Ukrainian soldier from behind on yellow sand giving the middle finger to the Russian ship on a blue background.

“When we designed the stamp, we didn’t know the outcome of this episode, but we are delighted,” Igor Smelyansky, general manager of Ukraine Post, told AFP.

The Ukrainian General Staff intervened and corrected the uniform for “more realism”.


The stamp was already sold out in Kyiv on Friday afternoon, AFP journalists noted.

“On Monday we will do better, we wanted to print more, but last night’s bombing in Kyiv disrupted the factory’s operation and we could not print the planned amount,” the postal director general said.

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