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Ukrainian "Patriotic Flag"

I've recently moved to Ukraine from the United States and I've come accross a flag question.  I've seen for sale on the street and being used in some rallies an alternate version of the Ukrainian flag. It has the same design and proportions as the current Ukrainian flag, but the top half of the flag is black (as opposed to blue) and the bottom half of it is red (as opposed to yellow).  In the upper left hand corner of the flag is a gold colored Ukrainian trident. I don't know if it means anything or not, but I've noticed this flag showing up during televion coverage of rallies taking place in the Western half of the country, which is more ethnically Ukrainian than the center or eastern half.  I've asked people selling this flag what the difference is between this flag and the offical blue and yellow one, and no one really seems to be able to give me a straight answer.
Mike Connor, 18 October 2004

This is the Ukrainian patriotic flag. Red and black flags were used by some Ukrainian scouts organizations in 1930s. Red is a symbol of blood and struggle for independence, and black is a symbol of reach land and memory for heroes. After 1941 one branch of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists declared red and black as colours of its organization. Now some political parties and movements use red and black, but generally this kind of flag is known as "Patriotic Flag". It is not alternative for National blue and yellow colours.
Andriy Grechylo, 18 October 2004

All-Ukrainian Party "New force"

The flag of the All-Ukrainian Party "New force" is at <>.
Victor Lomantsov, 10 August 2002

Block of Yulia Timoshenko

image by Victor Lomantsov, 9 Januart 2006

Flag of "Block of Yulia Timoshenko" (Donetsk section) according to a photo located by M.Revnivtsev at <>.
Victor Lomantsov, 9 Januart 2006

The inscription can be translated to english as "Yulia Timoshenko Fan Club of Donetsk".
Jorge Candeias. 9 Januart 2006

Christian-Democratic Party of Ukraine

The flag of the Christian-Democratic Party of Ukraine (Khrystyyans'ko-Demokratychna Partiya Ukrainy) can be seen at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 27 January 2002

From <>:
Christian-Democratic Party of Ukraine (Khrystyyansko- Demokratychna Partiya Ukrainy) - A small but long-established party headed by Vitaliy Zhuravskyy, it has nominated only 100 candidates, few of whom are well known.
Jarig Bakker, 11 May 2002

Communist Party of Ukraine

image by Victor Lomantsov, 5 May 2008

There are some pictures from May day demonstrations at <>. In the first picture is a flag with the Hammer & Sicle and some other symbol. It is from Kiev in Ukraine.
Elias Granqvist, 2 May 2008

In my collection there's some photos of several Ukranian Communist parties. I have a photo correspondin to the reported one. Here the emblem is white but I have another photo where it is yellow and I assume that both colors are used.
Jaume Ollé, 4 May 2008

Flag of Communist Party of Ukraine. They use different flags: with yellow or white letters, with full name of the party or with abbreviation.
Victor Lomantsov, 5 May 2008

Congres of Ukrainian Nationalism (Kongres Ukrayinskykh Natsionalistiv)

image by Dov Gutterman, 30 June 2002

Flag of "Congres of Ukrainian Nationalism" Movement at <>
Jens Pattke, 11 May 2002

At <> - Emblem of Ukrainian Nationalists Organization. The acronym is: OUN.
At <> - Flag of Ukrainian Nationalists Organization.
Something may have changed: The emblem at <> doesn't include the "OUN" acronym, and the name found there is definitely "Congress" (Ukrainian acronym: KUN), not "Organization" (Ukrainian acronym: OUN). A minor change of the name and emblem lately?
Mariusz Borkowski, 30 June 2002

Youth Nationalists Congress

image from <>

At <>, one can see the plain red-black flag at the bottom, and the same flag charged with emblem at the top.
The site is in Ukrainian so I can only guess that either it is flags of two related movements or that this movement changed its symbol and flag to the upper ones.
Dov Gutterman, 25 June 2002

At <> - emblem of Youth Nationalists Congress, youth ally of CUN. The words on an emblem: MOLODIZHNIY NACIONALISTICHNIY KONGRIES (Youth Nationalists Congress).
At <> flag of Youth Nationalists Congress there are 4 words on the emblem on this flag, though I'm unable to read them.
Mariusz Borkowski, 30 June 2002

Liberal Party of Ukraine

image by Victor Lomantsov, 26 Febuary 2002

Flag of Liberal Party of Ukraine (Liberalna Partiya Ukrayini) - Adopted in 1993.
Source: Ukrainian bulletin "Znak".
Victor Lomantsov, 26 Febuary 2002

The Political Handbook of the World 1997 qualifies it among the centrist and centrist-leftist groups.
Jarig Bakker, 26 Febuary 2002

Million Marihuana March

image by Mikhail Revnivtsev and Antonio Martins-Tuvalkin, 8 August 2007

On <> (in Russian), there is a flag of Million Marihuana March,  which is planned to march on May, 7, 2005 in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, in support of of legalization of marihuana.
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 2 May 2005

Interesting that the design shows no hint as to what it's about; most such flags and banners here have the marijuana leaves prominently displayed.
Albert S. Kirsch, 3 May 2005

This march has no any relation to Parade of the Victory (Pobedy), which will take place in Kiev and in Moscow on May, 9. Besides, the mayor of Kiev yet has not given the sanction to carrying out of this march in support of marihuana (in Ukraine, as well as in Russia, marihuana is forbidden with other drugs).
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 3 May 2005

I believe this flag is based on the various other type of "Rasta" flags that are sold in the US and other places.
Zachary Harden, 3 May 2005

A 4:5 horizontally stripped flag of green, yellow, red and black. I must say that, design wise, this flag may not be specifically Ukrainian, even though it was perhaps created and used only in this Kiev march.
It seems to be a mix of the pan-african colors (red-yellow-green) and the Garvey colors (red-black-green), certainly based on their popularity among rastafarian (or rastafarian-looking) circles.
The horizontal stripes may also be inspired in another pride and protest flag: the gay pride rainbow flag.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 May 2005 and 8 August 2007

Motherland Party

image by Dov Gutterman, 10 March 2003

At <> there is a photo of "Members of reformist Yulia Tymoshenko's party smile holding their party flags during a rally in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, March 9, 2003, with the ancient St. Sophia Cathedral in the background. Thousands of Ukrainians braved biting cold and icy conditions Sunday to take to the streets nationwide calling for scandal-tainted President Leonid Kuchma to resign. (AP Photo/ Efrem Lukatsky) "
The flag has many different shades, which one is true?
Zach Harden, 10 March 2003

My guess is that party flags do not have "official" specifications or construction sheets. If I had to guess I'd say the brighter B-Y-R are what the party members have in mind; the pastel shades (the faded blue and pink seem to go together) suggest faded specimens.
Note the resemblance to the flag of Galicia; I wonder if it's just coincidence.......
Al Kirsch, 10 March 2003

According to Yulia Tymoshenko's website at <>, her party's name is Batkivshchyna, which is translated "Motherland."
John Ayer, 10 March 2003

The third stripe of this flag is not red but raspberry-red. Raspberry colour in Ukraine - symbol of cossacks.
Victor Lomantsov, 10 March 2003

National-Democratic United Ukraine

image from <>, located by Valentin Poposki, 6 October 2005

The symbols of the "National-Democratic United Ukraine" are shown at <>.
Valentin Poposki, 6 October 2005

National People's Front of Ukraina "Rukh"

image from <>, located by Dov Gutterman, 10 August 2002

National People's Front of Ukraina "Rukh".
Jens Pattke and Victor Lomantsov, 11 May 2002

Party of Muslims of Ukraine

image by Victor Lomantsov, 23 Febuary 2002

Party of Muslims of Ukraine. Flag was adopted in 1997. Ratio 1:2. Width of green stripes equal to 1/10 of flag-width. The emblem consists of green cyrillic letter "M" (stylized to arabic) and black name of the party in ukrainian.
source: heraldry bulletin "Znak".
Victor Lomantsov, 23 Febuary 2002

Party of Regions (Partiya rehionib)

image by Victor Lomantsov, 30 March 2006

Source: <>, reported by M.Revnivtsev.
Victor Lomantsov, 30 March 2006

Previous Flags

image by António Martins, 1 December 2004

image by António Martins, 1 December 2004

"Partiya rehioniv" (Party of regions) flag at <>. It was founded in 1997. This is the party flag.
Dov Gutterman and Andriy Grechylo, 26 July 2004

"Party of Regions" represents generally Donetsk's bandit clan. Victor Yanukovych is a member of Party of Regions.
Andriy Grechylo, 29 November 2004

I saw this flag many times in TV reports. But the flag always was blue (not purple). Background is in darker shade then emblem .Correct cyrillic name is "Ïàðò³ÿ Ðåã³îí³â".
Victor Lomantsov, 29 November 2004

This flag is purple in official web-site, at printed materials, also during the party congresses (in TV) etc.
Andriy Grechylo, 29 November 2004

Party of the Consciousness of the Third Millenium

image from <>, located by Jens Pattke, 11 May 2002

Party of the Consciousness of the Third Millenium.
Jens Pattke, 11 May 2002

Party of the National and Economic Development of Ukraine
PNERU - Partiya Natsionalno-Ekonomichnoho Rozvytku Ukrayiny

image by Zachary Harden, 6 January 2004

This is the flag of PNERU - Partiya Natsionalno-Ekonomichnoho Rozvytku Ukrayiny (Party of the National and Economic Development of Ukraine). Flag was designed by member of Ukrainian Heraldry Society Oleksiy Kokhan.
Source: <>.
Dov Gutterman and Andriy Grechylo, 26 July 2004

Slavic Party

image by Anto'nio Martins, 28 July 2002

Slavic Party. Photo of the was located by Dov Gutterman at <>.
Jens Pattke, 11 May 2002

I managed to gain access to the party website, and found that the Slavic Party holds that Ukraine lacks the economic basis for political independence, and should reunite with Russia and Belarus.  As far as I could see, only the triband is a flag.  The circular design is labeled "emblem."
John Ayer, 14 May 2002

The specs seem to be 2:3 = (2+6+2):15, with emblem and lettering "Slavanskaa partia".
I guess this is not Ukrainian, but russian, and thus this slavic party is rather a Russophile party (Soviet-nostalgic, monarchist, ethnic Russian?).
Anto'nio Martins, 28 July 2002

Social-Democratic Party of Ukraine

image by Victor Lomantsov, 23 Febuary 2002

Social-Democratic Party of Ukraine. The flag was adopted in 1992. Rose is a traditional symbol of social-democrats, 7 stars symbolize 7 letters in the word "Ukraine", blue and yellow - national colours of Ukraine.
source: heraldry bulletin "Znak".
Victor Lomantsov, 23 Febuary 2002

From <>:
Social-Democratic Party of Ukraine (Sotsial-Demokratychna Partiya Ukrainy--SDPU) - Led by Verkhovna Rada deputy Yuriy Buzduhan, it nominated only 127 candidates, few of whom are well-known. Marchuk had originally appeared likely to run on the SDPU list but chose the SDPU (o) instead (Vseukrainskiye Vedomosti, 21 October 1997). Buzduhan called the rival SDPU (o) not a social democratic party but a "financial-petrol clan of Surkis and Medvedchuk" (Vseukrainskiye Vedomosti, 21 October 1997). Viktor Medvedchuk, head of the Lawyers Union, is No. 4 on the SDPU (o) list, and Hryhoriy Surkis, head of Kiev's Dynamo soccer club, is No. 5.
Jarig Bakker, 11 May 2002

Third Force (Tretya Sila)

image by Dov Gutterman, 4 June 2006

Symbols of the Political Party "Tretya Sila" (Third Force) are at <>.
Valentin Poposki, 25 May 2006

Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA)

image by Victor Lomantsov, 19 August 2000

I found this photo  of a right-wing group in Ukraine at <> which states: " Members of the ultra right-wing nationalist party, the Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA), carry a coffin, with the body of their leader Anatoly Lupynos, and their nationalist flags during a funeral procession in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, February 8, 2000. Lupynos, one of the founders of Ukraine's Popular Movement (Narodny Ruch) , who served 27 years in Soviet-era prisons, died on Saturday, Feb. 5. He was 62. The activists of UNA took part in the Russian-Chechen war against Russia and took part in other armed conflicts, acting against the Russians. (AP Photo/Viktor Pobedinsky) "
Steve Stringfellow , 13 Febuary 2000

Detailed information and images about this flag refered was published recently in Flag Report
Jaume Olle, 20 Febuary 2000

Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA) - The party was founded in 1990. The party flag is red with black cross (symbol of Cosacces) and sign of "infinity". The sign is torn. It must symbolize that the process of building of ukrainian state was interrupted in the past.
Victor Lomantsov, 19 August 2000

Ukrainian National Conservative Party

image from <>

A yellow-white-green horizontal tricolor with a large seal in the middle (diameter slightly larger than the stripe height). Party name written on the yellow and green stripes (two first words on the yellow, and to last words on the green) with cased serif dark blue letters, centered on the available space: Oe?a?inuea Iao?iiaeuia Eiina?aaoeaia ia?o?y (Ukrayins'ka Natsional'na Konservatyvna Partiya
Anto'nio Martins, 26 July 2004

Ukrainian National Movement (Narodnyi Rukh Ukrayiny)

Narodnyi Rukh Ukrayiny (National Movement of Ukraine) use a national blue-yellow with another kind of Trident in canton as seen at <>.
Dov Gutterman and Andriy Grechylo, 21 July 2004

Ukrainian National Organization (OUN)

image from <>, located by Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2002

Organization of Ukrainian nationalists.
Victor Lomantsov, 26 June 2002

Ukrainian National Party (Ukrayinska Narodna Partiya)

Ukrayinska Narodna Partiya (Ukrainian National Party) - as seen in photo at <>.
Dov Gutterman and Andriy Grechylo, 21 July 2004

Ukrainian National Self-Defence (UNSO)

image by Victor Lomantsov, 19 August 2000

Ukrainian National Self-Defence (UNSO), an armed wing of UNA. The flag is red square with black "cross potent". There is a white trident in the centre of the cross and the letters "UNSO" on the arms of the cross.
Victor Lomantsov, 19 August 2000

image by Jaume Olle, 19 August 2000

I believe that UNSO has a 2:3 flag. Here is a photo
Jaume Olle, 19 August 2000

May be it is unofficial variant ? - The official flag have the ratio 1:1.
Source: Bulletin of Ukrainian Heraldry Society "Znak" No 7 (1994)
Victor Lomantsov, 20 August 2000

Ukrainian People Democratic Party

image by Ivan Sache, 16 November 2001

image by Ivan Sache, 17 November 2001

The Ukrainian People Democratic Party seems to use a horizontally divided blue-yellow-green flag. The party website shows the logo of the party with these three colours and something looking like a flag (on the rigth middle of the page, 7 cm below (PDP). see: <>.
I don't know anything about this party. The top two-thirds of the flag are evidently related to the Ukrainian colours. I assume it is anti-Communist or at least not Communist since red colour is not used in the flag.
Ivan Sache, 16 November 2001

The Political Handbook of The World, 1997 has: "Popular-Democratic Party of Ukraine (Narodno-Demokratychna Partiya
Ukrainy - NDPU). The NDPU was registered in June 1996 as the result of a merger of centrist political forces, including the Party for Democratic Revival of Ukraine (partiya Demokratychna Vidrodzhennia Ukrainy - PDVU) and the Labor Congress of Ukraine (Trudova Kogres Ukrainy - TKU). The PDVU had earlier formed the core of the New Ukraine (NU) center-left alliance and had won four seats in the 1994 ballotting. In 1998 the NDPU got 28 seats. Leader: Anatoliy Matviyenko".
Jarig Bakker, 16 November 2001

Jaume informed me off-list that the correct proportions of the PNP flag could be 1:2. From the "image" of the flag on the party website, it is "between" 2:3 and 1:2. I initially made it 2:3 according to the Ukrainian natonal flag.
Ivan Sache, 17 November 2001

The Ukrainian inscription of PDVU by Jarig is not correct. The name in Ukrainian looks like Democratic Party of Revival... (correct name is Party of Democratic Revival..., of course). Correct Ukrainian name is - Partiya Demokratychnogo Vidrodzhennya Ukrainy. The ukrainian name of TKU is not correct too. Must be - Trudovyi Kongres Ukrainy
Regulation on symbols of the People Democratic Party was adopted on 17, June, 2000 by Executive Committee of the party.
Victor Lomantsov, 2 December 2001

Ukrainian Republican Party

Gaceta de Banderas 79 show a dark blue flag bearing a white disk with a black bird, that is reported by Grechilo, being the flag of the Republican Party. I have a photo of a demostration where is a blue flag (but light blue) bearing a yellow disk with a dark device (that is not visible). Anyone know if this can be same flag (in a variant version) or other different party flag?
Jaume Olle', 26 July 2003

Ukrainian Socialist Party

image by Jorge Candeias, 16 December 2004

I saw a red flag with a communist-style symbol in the canton: the outline of half a book, a hammer and a sickle-shaped spike. After a long search, I finally found an evolution of the same symbol at <> and it turns out to belong to a Ukrainian party, post-communist, called (in russian) "Sotsialistitcheskaya Partiya Ukraine", or Ukrainian Socialist Party.
Jorge Candeias, 16 December 2004

It is an actual flag of SPU (Sotsialistychna partiya Ukrayiny). This party was founded in 1991. Leader - Oleksandr Moroz.
Andriy Grechylo, 16 December 2004


image by Victor Lomantsov

The flag of the Social-Ecological Party "Union.Chernobil.Ukraine".
Valentin Poposki, 14 July 2006

Unity Party ("Yednist")

image by Victor Lomantsov, 19 June 2002

Flag of ukrainian party "Unity" ("Yednist") on the party web-site <>.
Victor Lomantsov, 19 June 2002

Working Ukraine

image by Victor Lomantsov, 6 Febuary 2002

I lovated the flag of the party at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 27 January 2002

The first line says "Politichna Partiya" (Political Party); the second says "Trudova Ukraina" (Working Ukraine). 
Joe McMillan, 5 Febuary 2002

The party was instituted on March, 19, 2000. According to WEB-site of the party: Flag of the party is blue with orange horizontal stripe. Motto 2:3. Blue inscription "POLITICAL PARTY" (Helios Ext. Bold font) is placed on the orange stripe.White inscription "WORKING UKRAINE" (Futuris Black font) is placed at the bottom of the field.
Blue stripe symbolizes validity, faith, love to majestic, cleanliness, transformation. Blue - colour of devoted service to true and aspiration to self-expression. Orange - colour of harvest, fruits of ground, evolved under beams of the sun, colour of action, enthusiasm and freedom.White - this colour is a base of all paints, it symbolizes tolerance.
Victor Lomantsov, 6 Febuary 2002

From <>:
Working Ukraine (Vyborchyy Blok "Trudova Ukraina") - It was formed by the Civil Congress of Ukraine (Hromadyanskyy Konhres Ukrainy) and Ukrainian Justice Party (Ukrainska Partiya Spravedlyvosti). The Civil Congress, based in Donetsk, was created in 1992 by representatives of the east and south to defend the Russian language and promote closer integration with Russia. (see Note 12) The bloc put up a slate of 117, including Kiev City Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko, Minister of Foreign Economic Ties Serhiy Osyka, and first assistant to the premier Andriy Derkach. The anti- Kuchma paper Silski Visti (29 January) asserted that Working Ukraine is filled with people "who worked or are working in the president's Administration or cabinet" and is a "'fifth column' in the veterans' movement." The list is headed by veterans (No. 1 and No. 3) and includes a total of 25 members of veterans' organizations.
Jarig Bakker, 11 May 2002

Young Ukraine

image from <>, located by Valentin Poposki, 25 May 2006

It seems that the Political Party "Moloda Ukraina" has a new flag as appear at <>.
Valentin Poposki, 25 May 2006

Previous Flag

image from <>, located by Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2002

Party "Moloda Ukrayina" (Young Ukraine).
Victor Lomantsov, 26 June 2002

Project for Ukraine

image by Eugene Ipavec, 22 August 2005

Mr. Denis Sacharnych reported at the Russian E-mail Forum RussoVex about news item from <>: On August, 10, 2005 there was a picket of the Euroasian Youth Union  (EYU) near the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow, asking for the resignation of the president of Ukraine, Mr. Victor Yushchenko, as well that Ukrainewill join USA as its 52-nd state. A new blue-yellow star-spangled flag for Ukraine was shown at <>.
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 11 August 2005

The political point is well made, and it's interesting to reflect for how many countries this visual metaphor would work - Ukraine's unique yellow and blue are immediately obvious in the new context. But it's a pity that, having gone to the trouble of making the new flag, they didn't pay more attention to the details. Unless there's a stripe folded under at the bottom, there are only twelve stripes, and - coming close to defeating the object of the exercise, it seems to me - there are only 35 stars.
André Coutanche, 11 August 2005

There are 7 columns of 5 stars and 12 stripes. If Ukraine is no. 52, why are there 35 stars? And for that matter, the 52nd state?
Was something annexed while I wasn't looking?
Eugene Ipavec, 11 and 22 August 2005

12 strripes would make sense, since it's a parody of the Ukrainian flag, so it's blue-yellow repeated. Looking at the picture, it doesn't quite look right: the stars don't seem uniform (as to be expected from a one-off protest flag), for example the middle star on the second row seems to be upside down, the stars closest to the fly on the third and fourth row are definitely rotated in opposition to each other, and the first star on the bottom row again looks to be upside down. The 35 stars are indeed a mystery, as the US flag has 50, and Ukraine has half that many subdivisions.
David Kendall, 23 August 2005

I noticed some of that, actually, but assumed that the protesters had just been sloppy, instead of there being intent behind the changes. I suppose there's a broader point here.
Eugene Ipavec, 24 August 2005

Independentists Movements (?)

It was asked about an Ukrainian orange-white-blue flag as follows:
"I'm french and I'm looking for a flag. A friend saw a flag on a licence car plate from ukraine, from the top : orange (or yellow may be) - white - blue"
In my city I can see frequentky Ukranian cars and they bear the national flag and the quoted flag is unknown. But if was in a shape of an oval perhaps it is a independentist flag (Ruthenian or Lemko or other?).
Jaume Olle, 8 September 2000

Unidentified Flags at Demonstrations

1) The German weekly news magazine "Der Spiegel" sometimes contains photos with flags. At issue 8 of 2001 ( p. 139) you can see a demonstration in Kiev (Ukraine) showing at least three types of flags:
- Flag of the UNSO.
- A pale blue flag with some yellow device. Maybe OUN.
- A yellow flag with a variant of the Ukrainian trident on a blue field.
See <>.
Marcus Schmoger
, 28 Febuary 2001

2) At Issue 12 (March 19th) at p. 230: Demonstration of Ukrainian opposition against president Kuchma; visible are:
- Flags of the UNSO
- Blue flags (unknown) with white writings.
- Yellow flags with some devices (unknown).
See: <>
Marcus Schmoger
, 20 March 2001