A Symbol of Perseverance: the Last Pre-war Batch of Azovstal Was Made into Bracelets to Support the Armed Forces of Ukraine
On October 6, a presentation regarding the ‘Azovstal. A Symbol of Perseverance’ bracelets took place in Kyiv. They were made from the last pre-war batch of the legendary Azovstal. Bracelets can be purchased for 1,500 UAH on the UNITED24 website, at SOVA brand stores, or ordered via Nova Poshta. All proceeds from the sale will go towards drone procurement to strengthen Ukrainian defenders at the front. ‘Azovstal. A Symbol of Perseverance’ is the first joint project of the UNITED24 fundraising platform and the Metinvest Group to raise funds to support Ukraine during the war.
Each bracelet is made of 5 grams of steel produced on the rolling mill 3600 at the Azovstal plant. In 1981, a spaceship launch shaft was made out of such steel, and in 2012, a new sarcophagus at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In 2022, the sheet-rolling shop, where mill 3600 worked for many years, became one of the places where the protectors of Mariupol heroically defended their steel fortress.
The project presentation took place next to the largest flag of Ukraine, and the 17-meter inscription “I believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” The letters, also made from Azovstal, will be there until November 1.
“The word “Azovstal” changed from the plant’s name into a common one, becoming the symbol of courage and spirit of the entire people,” says Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. “We dedicate this project to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the world’s most indomitable people, as well as to every Ukrainian, defending his land. Thanks to your donations via UNITED24, the Army of Drones has already purchased almost a thousand UAVs for the front. The ‘Symbol of Perseverance’ will help strengthen our defenders with new crucial drones”
The bracelets, featuring the engraved coat of arms of Ukraine, were designed by the SOVA jewelry house. During the implementation of the idea, they were guided by two key factors: the limited amount of steel itself, which cannot be replenished, and the large amount of product, because thousands of people would like to have such a bracelet.
The first batch of bracelets consists of 10,000 items, worth 1,500 UAH each. The project partner, Nova Poshta, will deliver them throughout Ukraine. They can be received at any NP branch or parcel locker, or purchased at one of the SOVA brand stores.
You can see the Azovstal letters, from October 6 to November 1, at:
Memorial complex “National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.”