Russia destroys a powerful symbol of Ukrainian pride...
As Ukraine fought against the Russian incursion of 2022, they issued several postage stamps to promote national pride and resilience. This stamp was originally planned the year before to honor Ukraine's 30th anniversary of independence. The design was chosen from over 10,000 contest entries of drawings and photographs. The prompt was "What is Ukraine for me?" and the winning entry was drawn by 11-year-old Sofia Kravchuk and pictures the world's largest and most powerful transport aircraft, Ukraine's AN-225 Mriya ("Dream").
The aircraft was famous worldwide and was especially significant to Ukraine. It was destroyed by Russian shelling on February 24, 2022, and this stamp now serves as a memorial to the plane and the idea that, "The enemy destroyed Ukrainian equipment, destroys settlements, but is unable to destroy the WILL and the desire of Ukrainians for FREEDOM, it can not destroy the UKRANIAN DREAM." It's a situation not unlike that which the United States experienced on 9/11 with the destruction of the World Trade Center.
This stamp is another in a line of stamps issued by Ukraine to inspire its citizens to never give up the fight and to show the world it would not be beaten. In fact, Ukraine vowed to rebuild Mriya for a parade in honor of Independence. All the 2022 Ukraine stamps have been quite popular with collectors across the globe. Hurry and get this mint sheet of 6 in your collection while it's still available and affordable.