23 April 2022, 06:18 PM

Ukrainian postal service presents new stamp with "Russian warship"

Over the excitement around the postage stamp with the now-legendary phrase "Russian warship, go f**k yourself," whose circulation has almost sold out, Ukrposhta, the Ukrainian postal service, has announced the release of a new stamp: "Russian warship… Done."

The first stamp was issued with a circulation of 1 million units. Of these, 700,000 were sold in branches, 100,000 through an online store, and the rest was provided for official delegations, museum funds and stamp collector season tickets.

The new "Russian warship… Done" stamp will be issued with five times the volume. Ukrposhta will also sell 1 million envelopes with a similar image, Ukrposhta Chairman of the Board Igor Smelyansky reported via Telegram messenger on April 22.

"The first stamp of the series is presented within this block, so everyone who wants to have this symbol of history in their memory will get this opportunity (but not to send), and the second – which you can send to friends in Ukraine and abroad, because it will also have Ukrainian and international denominations," he said.

The company said it would announce the release date of the new stamp later.

Also, Ukrposhta will soon complete the sale of stamps "Russian warship, go f**ky ourself." The company's online store crashed on Friday due to a DDoS attack.

On March 1, Ukrposhta announced a tender for the creation of a new Ukrainian postage stamp "Russian warship, go f**k yourself." More than 500 sketches were submitted to the competition, with 20 finalists selected, whose works met philatelic criteria. The voting took place on Ukrposhta's Facebook page. The winner was sketch No. 3, by Ukrainian artist Borys Hrokh. In total, 1,700 people out of 8,000 voted for his sketch.

On Feb. 24, 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Black Sea flagship Moskva demanded that Ukrainian border on Zmiinyi (Snake) Island disarm and surrender. The communications officer onboard the Moskva identified the ship as a "Russian warship" and threatened to launch a "missile and bomb strike" on Snake Island. The response of Ukrainian defenders("Russian warship, go f**k yourself") has become a symbols of Ukrainian resistance in this war.

The man who coined the phrase, Ukrainian border guard Roman Hrybov, was released from captivity to his native Cherkasy Oblast on March 29. He was also awarded the merit "For Services to Cherkasy Oblast."

The Moskva sank on April 14, after being hit by Ukrainian-made Neptune anti-ship missiles.

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