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Crimea (2014) from Ukraine to Russia

Crimea is a Penninsula in the northern part of the Black Sea. It has very interesting nature and culture. Mountains of Crimea host very interesting flora and fauna. The region underwent turbulent transformations this year (2014).  On March 17, the Crimean Parliament declared independence from Ukraine as a consequence of the referendum. A day after, Russia and the government of Crimea signed a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation. Although there is strong controversy about the annexation and the political dispute was not solved at the international level, the Crimea is de facto under full control of Russia.

The transformation is also interesting from the philatelic point of view. I want to show you several covers of this year, which I received with great help of collectors in Crimea.

First cover that I have received this year was the gorgeous cover sent by Tanya from Simferopol. It was posted on February 25, i.e. in the period of the Ukrainian control over the territory. Tanya sent me this beautifully designed cover using the Coat of Arms from the Crimea MS issued in 2013.





On March 7, Tanya from Sevastopol sent me another nice cover from Crimea. Actually, the city of Sevastopol deserved special status within Ukraine as well as within Russia. This cover arrived perfectly cancelled, showing the date of period still under control of Ukraine.



On March 25, Julia from Sevastopol sent me another nice cover. In this period, the treaty between Crimean and Russian government was signed. From the Russian point of view, the Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol city were already part of the Russian federation. As you can see, Ukrainian stamps had still been in use.



And finally, many many thanks to Viktoria! Cover from the Russian Crimea using Russian stamps sent on August 21. And special stamps: issue of June 16, depicting the Republic of Crimea. Perfect. And story completed :).




It is difficult to judge how difficult or happy was this period of transformation for the people of Crimea. Based on information written to me by these collectors, my impression is that Crimeans preferred and enjoyed the Russian annexation. I want to thank you again Tanya and Tanya, Julia and Viktoria for perfect covers and for sending me these nice covers in periods of the History. And wish to all people of Crimea and Ukraine a peace!


Filed under: Crimea (UA|RU), National symbols, Nature, Russia, Ukraine

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