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02.20.2014 Ukraine. The Maidan field mail

Current year in February by a few volunteers of encampment on the place of the Independence in Kiev on a verbal concordance with the commandant of Maidan is organized a postal service. It aim was to help demonstrators in the centre of Kiev by means of postal mails (letters and cards) not only to direct a letter to the public and opposition agents but also exchange with each other writing reports. And also, by means of the "Ukrposhta" services to carry out any postal mails outside Maidan: on the districts of Kiev in any settlement of Ukraine or foreign country.

By the volunteers were organized two impromptu postal windows. One as a postal office was in the “Ukrainian House”, other is a temporal tent with a desktop - near underground passage opposite a general post-office. An informative board was there located and an own mailbox is set. All postal services did by volunteers free of charge. For the writing correspondence intended to the addressees on Maidan, it was enough to sign an envelope and, either to put into one of five mailboxes or hand to the volunteer from hands in hands. Delivery of letters came true 1-2 times per a day.

For payment of postal mails outside Maidan were used any operating Ukrainian postage stamps as a rule, a definitive stamps. The postal payment signs were purchased by volunteers on "Ukrposhta", both for the personal funds and due to the money offering of citizens feeling for demonstrators. To part of definitive stamps was printed additional text "Польова пошта Майдану" (Field mail of Maidan) that is called to underline belonging of correspondence to the certain historical moment. To the participants of peaceful protest on Maidan the stamps and envelopes were given free of charge in any amount. All postal correspondence was paid for the operating tariffs of Ukrainian mail. Simple letters went down in mailboxes on a general post-office. The registered post had to be sent from the "loyal" post offices. in times of working of the field mail the several hundred sending was sent by demonstrators.

At disposal of website UkraFil there is a few tens of the letters prepaid by definitive stamps with overprints "Польова пошта Майдану", really getting through mail. And also several of unused (mint) stamps with overprints. The detailed information about this emission will be presented on a website as far as an accumulation and analysis of information and study of this question. The collected materials it is planned to publish later.

This release was prepared to the publication, when bloody events began on Maidan, in other districts of Kiev and country. The Maidan field mail burned out and now hardly able to renew the work. Peaceful protest of people outgrew in the armed collisions. The state got up on the way of fratricidal civil war. Home and foreign "fighters for democracy" - the players in geopolitics to that the peaceful Ukrainian citizens took up arms and began to kill each other. Ukraine, what we knew her before, left off existing. And can yet not late think again and stop a self-destruction? No, even noblest aspirations, can not be prepaid by human lives!

P.S. The names and mailing addresses are remote an administrator on ethic considerations.

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