Donetsk, Jun 12 — DAN. Russia has released postage stamps dedicated to the Donbass Republics for the first time, the press service of the “Marka” stamp publisher said on Monday.

“On June 12, two stamps dedicated to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have been brought out as part of the Russian Regions series, ” the press service said.

The DPR stamp shows the Saur Mogila memorial, the Transfiguration Cathedral and roses, the traditional symbol of the capital of the coal-mining region, with slag heaps and wheat fields in the background. The stamp face value is 27 rubles.

“Marka” has also issued first day covers and special postmarks for Moscow, Donetsk and Lugansk together with maxicards (postcards with a postage stamp placed on the picture side of the card cancelled with first-day-of-issue postmark).

Earlier reports said that “Donbass Post” had presented vignettes and envelops dedicated to the coal-mining region.*jk