Worldwide stamps support Ukraine through Russian invasion

The philatelic world has come together to support Ukraine following Russia’s renewed invasion of the country this February.

On March 10, about two weeks after Russia launched an all-out war that has since spurred Europe’s largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, Latvia became the first country to issue a stamp in support of Ukraine. Several other countries, including Canada, have also since issued stamps or announced forthcoming releases to support the war-torn country.

In May, Canada Post unveiled a stamp – to be issued on July 7 – to raise funds for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, a national charitable foundation based in Toronto (“New semi-postal stamp to support Ukrainians,” CSN Vol. 47 #4, June 7, 2022).

In addition to the Latvian and Canadian issues, other stamps have offered support from the following countries:

  • Estonia on March 24;
  • Poland on March 25;
  • Austria on March 31;
  • Liechtenstein on April 4;
  • Croatia on April 12;
  • Moldova on April 19;
  • Luxembourg on May 11; and
  • Lithuania on June 9.

This spring, the Toronto-based Ukrainian Collectibles Society, a chapter of the Ukrainian Philatelic & Numismatic Society, also issued a Picture Postage stamp voicing Canada’s support.

Ukrposhta, Ukraine’s national postal service, has issued several war-related stamps, including an issue honouring its soldiers’ defence of a strategic island (“Defiant Ukrainian stamp hits back at Russia,” CSN Vol. 47 #3, May 24, 2022) and the sinking of a Russian warship (“Ukraine warship stamp design updated, reissued,” CSN Vol. 47 #5, June 21, 2022).

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