Ukraine asks UPU for philatelic sanctions

Ukrposhta, Ukraine’s national postal service, has asked the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and its member countries to impose philatelic sanctions against Russia, which launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine in late February.

“We ask the Universal Postal Union to apply sanctions to the Russian Post in order to limit propaganda through philately,” reads a translated letter sent by Ukrposhta officials to the UPU.

Ukrposhta wants two joint issues released by Ukraine and the war’s aggressor countries Russia and Belarus removed from a worldwide stamp database created by the UPU and its World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP). The WADP Numbering System lists every stamp – more than 100,000 altogether – released by worldwide stamp-issuing authorities since 2002.

“We are withdrawing from sale and destroying the joint stamp issues with Russia and Belarus,” adds the letter, which references a 1994 issue, “50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine from the Nazi Invaders,” plus another one from 2013, “1025 Years of the Baptism of Kievan Rus.”

Ukrposhta also wants to see the removal of Russia’s Artyom Adibekov as the WADP president “because such a representative post cannot be headed by a representative of a terrorist country,” adds the letter. Ukrposhta also called on UPU members, including Canada, to forgo any joint issues with the Russian Post and to dedicate a future issue to Ukraine “and its heroic struggle for its country.”

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