Ukraine’s post office has released a holiday stamp designed by an 11th-grade girl from Mykolaiv, Valeria Mykhailova, who was forced to flee the country. The girl’s design was chosen after she won a public competition.
The illustration, called “Separated by War,” depicts a split image of a woman sitting by a Christmas tree, watching fireworks, and a man sheltering next to a wall, reloading his rifle.
“Everyone can understand the depth of this idea, as well as the emotions of the author herself, whose hometown has not been shelled for only 46 days since the beginning of the war,” Igor Smelyansky, the CEO of Ukrposhta, the Ukrainian postal service, said on Telegram.
It will also bring hope, because in 2023 we will have a much more historic date – the day when we will win,” he said.
“That is why I really want this Christmas and New Year stamp to become for you another symbol of invincibility and a reminder that we will stand against all odds and raise a glass to our victory on December 31, with or without electricity!” Smelyansky added.