In March 1992; Ukraine began to issue regular postage stamps. While the Central Postal Authority tried to establish a postal system for the new emerging country, it also had to deal with existing economic and political difficulties. One of the major problems everyone faced in Ukraine was inflation.
To complement the issuance of regular stamps, the Central Postal Authority allowed various regional post office entities to issue provisional stamps.
Provisional stamps issued in Ukraine from 1992 to 1995 can be classified into the following categories:
Original stylized stamps that were printed by either hand or mechanical means.
New values overprinted by either hand or mechanical means on former USSR stamps.
New values and text overprinted by either hand or mechanical means on former Soviet envelops and postcards.
Due to the turbulent times, not all of the above mentioned issues, can be considered official. There were lot of non-official items used in normal circulation.
With the availability of large amounts of former-Soviet low denominational definitives, many forgeries began to appear. Many forgeries have appeared on covers after the post offices had sold out their initial issue. Many unauthorized reprints were also made from the original cliches. These reprints were done with the wrong colours, ink and denominational values. Also, many fakes were sold by postal workers at the Post Office to the public.
It will be quite some time before we are able to get a comprehensive list of all items that were circulated during this time. Also, it will take time to identify the legitimate items.
It is our intent to provide the reader with a list of those provisional issues that one should consider collecting and having in one's personal collection.