STORY: The postage stamp was designed after a Ukrainian service member Roman Gribov, who was captured by Russian troops on an island after defying Russian forces with the message: “Russian warship, go fuck yourself”.
Gribov was one of a group of border guards who defied a Russian warship calling on them to surrender near tiny Snake Island in the Black Sea at the start of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine in February.
Russian forces entered Ukraine on February 24. Driven back by Ukrainian forces from an assault on Kyiv in the north, Moscow has poured troops into the east for a ground offensive in two provinces known as the Donbas.
The coal- and steel-producing Donbas has been the focal point of Russia's campaign to destabilize Ukraine since 2014, when the Kremlin used proxies to set up separatist "people's republics" in Luhansk and Donetsk.