The Maidan is a socio-political phenomenon in modern Ukraine
which is characterized by confluence of big groups of people of various
nationalities, age, faiths, educational and professional level on a main square
of the Ukrainian capital for expression of a peace protest of citizens against
the policy pursued by executive and legislative branches of the power, and is
concrete, the president, parliament and the government. The Kiev Maidan is
characterized by mass character, enthusiasm and high organization of its
participants. Thus the most part of citizens has no mercenary motives. Their
protest has ideological, patriotic character.
In release "The Maidan field mail" on website UkraFil
it was reported about creation on place of Independence of Kiev by group of
volunteers the charitable post service for the purpose of the organization of
the free post message as between participants of a peace protest on the Maidan
and beyond its limits, and with various government bodies and officials. In
February the project existed only a week. Bloody opposition in the center of
Kiev practically buried it. All property of volunteers was lost in fire, and
the post service almost broke up. However, the need for it not only didn't
disappear, but also gained special relevance.
At the end of February the volunteers gathered again to
revive a charitable event taking into account new realities. The group of young
people of 5-7 volunteers which leaders are Lvov natives Marta Ch. and Yury R.
became initiators of the project. Having held long consultations with
"Ukrposhta's" employees and representatives of club of philatelists,
children organized the real post service in field conditions of a live Maidan.
At the expense of personal means and donations are made the cancels and tampons,
are prepared the envelopes, are are published the local stamps-labels, are made
the overprints on the ukrainian definitive stamps. The main distinctive feature
of post service of Maidan is a free mail service. Anyone can receive free of
charge clean sheets of paper for the letter, envelopes with stamps in advance
pasted on them and, through field mail, to send letters, as on the Maidan territory,
and across Ukraine, and sometimes to abroad.
Revival of the Maidan field post took place on March 1. This
date is also was the First Day of the memorable issue "Maidan
Tragedy". From this point the post service functions daily. It settles
down depending on weather or near the central entrance of the central post
office, or near a subway. Schedule of its work: from 12 to 16 on weekdays and
from 11 to 17 on the days off. Daily through field mail passes more than 100
departures. The volunteers are going to work disinterestedly until while there
is exists a tent town on the Maidan.
For the past two weeks from the moment of opening of the field
mail several hundreds wishing have already used these charitable services. At website
UkraFil’s forum in section "Maidan Field Mail" are presented some photos
of the improvised post office, its organizers and participants, and also a fragments
of correspondence which passed through field mail.
P.S. The field mail is such type of post service in the peace
time which organization of work is carried out by means of unusual post departments.
P.S.S. "Any good deed shouldn't remain unpunished".