Azov Brigade's struggle and POWs highlighted in new Ukrposhta stamps

Ukrposhta issues postage stamps in honor of Azov Brigade fighters
Ukrposhta issues postage stamps in honor of Azov Brigade fighters

Ukraine's national postal service, Ukrposhta, unveiled new postage stamps and envelopes on May 23, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Azov Brigade under the theme "Azov. 10 years. The free choose to fight."

This limited edition release, part of the "Own Stamp" project, aims to commemorate the brigade's decade of service and draw attention to the plight of its members currently held as prisoners of war.

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The new stamp issue, with a circulation of just 900 copies, marks a decade since the Azov Brigade, initially formed by motivated volunteers without military backgrounds, evolved into an elite unit of the Ukrainian army, still composed entirely of volunteers. "10 years of loyalty to our principles. 10 years of desperate struggle," Ukrposhta stated, capturing the essence of the brigade's enduring commitment.

The stamp dedication ceremony coincided with the Day of Heroes of Ukraine and featured special cancellation commemorations attended by brigade representatives.

Available for purchase online and at the philatelic shop located at 22 Khreshchatyk Street, the commemorative items include:

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A sheet with nine stamps and an artistic envelope with special cancellation, priced at 600 hryvnias (approximately $15).A stamped envelope with special cancellation available for 40 hryvnias (about $1).

Denys Prokopenko, the Azov Brigade commander known by his call sign, Redis, highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by the brigade, particularly noting that during the largest prisoner exchange of the conflict on January 3, no members of the 12th Azov Special Forces Brigade were returned by Russia, despite their critical role in defending the besieged city of Mariupol.

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