Flag of Ukraine
    Ukraine Flag
    Ukraine flag
    Adopted January 28, 1992
    (current version)
    1918
    (original version)
    Proportion 2:3
    Flag day August 23
    Colors Azure (Hex #005bbb)
    Yellow (Hex #ffd500)
    Ukraine Flag
    The National flag of Ukraine (Bandera de España) consists two equal horizontal bands of azure (top) and golden yellow
    Ukraine Flag - symbolism
    Ukraine Flag symbolism - meaning
     Blue stands for sky, Ukraine's mountains and rivers and symbolizes unlimited opportunities
     Yellow represents Ukraine's wheat fields and symbolizes prosperity
    Ukraine Flag facts
    Ukraine Flag
    Ukraine Flag information
    A golden lion on a blue background appeared on the emblem and flag of the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia, a medieval state located largely on the territory of western Ukraine, during the 12th to 14th centuries. Later on, the colors blue and yellow became connected with the national liberation movement in Halychyna, the region in western Ukraine that was part of Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1772 to 1918. On May 2, 1848, the General Ukrainian Rada, the first representative body of Ukrainians in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, approved the blue-and-yellow flag and the emblem of a golden lion on a blue background as symbols of Ukrainians residing in Halychyna. At the beginning of the 20th century, the blue and yellow symbolism spread to territory that was then part of the Russian empire. “Although the Ukrainian national movements in the Russian empire were weak and harshly suppressed, there is evidence that, after the failed revolution in 1905, the blue-and-yellow flag was used by Ukrainians living in Kyiv and Poltava,” says heraldic specialist Andriy Hrechylo. From 1917 to 1921, the blue-and-yellow flag was the state flag of the then independent Ukrainian state. “Prior to 1918, both flag versions of the blue-and-yellow flag – one with the blue on top, and the other with the yellow on top – were used in Ukraine. But in January 1918, Ukraine’s parliament approved the blue-and-yellow version of the flag and no further discussion on the sequence of the colors arose,” says Ivan Hrechylo, one of the designers of the modern Ukrainian national emblem. It was only after the break-up of the Soviet Union that the Ukrainian blue-and-yellow flag came back into use again as the state flag. Ukraine’s parliament approved the blue-yellow flag as the national symbol of Ukraine on Jan. 28, 1992, almost six months after Ukraine declared independence.
    Ukraine National Anthem
    Ukraine Flag Image
    Ukraine Flag Image
    Ukrainian People's Republic flag 1917 - 1918
    A flag consisting of equal horizontal stripes of yellow over blue, based on the colors of the coat of arms of the city of Lviv, was used by the revolutionaries who fought to free Ukraine from the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1848.
    Ukrainian People's Republic flag 1918 - 1921
    In 1918, the stripes of the 1848 flag were reversed to reflect the symbolism of “blue skies over golden wheat fields” Flag of the Ukrainian State and UPR
    Ukrainian People's Republic of Soviets flag 1917 - 1918
    The Ukrainian People's Republic of Soviets (1917–1918) was a short-lived Soviet republic of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and it used a red flag with yellow over blue colors in its canton
    Ukrainian Soviet Republic flag 1918
    Ukrainian Soviet Republic used a red flag to symbolize the unity of the workers
    Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic flag 1919 - 1929
    Flag of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1919 till 1929 was red with the gold Cyrillic sans-serif letters У.С.С.Р. (USSR, initialism for Ukrayinskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Sovetskaya Respublika in the Russian language)
    Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic flag 1929 - 1937
    Flag of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1929 till 1937 was red with the gold Cyrillic letters У.С.Р.Р.
    Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic flag 1937 - 1949
    In 1937, a new flag was adopted, with a small gold hammer and sickle added above the gold Cyrillic serif letters У.Р.С.Р. (URSR, for Ukrayins’ka Radyans’ka Sotsialistychna Respublika in the Ukrainian language)
    Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic flag 1949 - 1991
    The Ukrainian SSR adopted a new official flag on November 21, 1949 that is a horizontal bicolor of red over azure (azure band was of one-third width) with the golden hammer and sickle and gold-bordered star in the red band
    Ukraine flag 1992 - Present
    The blue and yellow flag was officially restored in 1992

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    Flag of the Ukraine President
    Flag of the President of Ukraine
    The Ukraine Presidential Flag features yellow tryzub in the center, within a yellow border made of leaves, on a blue field.
    The Flag of the President of Ukraine was confirmed by the Decree of the President of Ukraine as of November 29, 1999 and used during inaugural ceremony. It is the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine that presents it to President. On delivering his inaugural address President takes a special seat at the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada next to which President’s colour is placed. President’s colour represents a blue square cloth bearing the golden trident in the center – the Sign of Prince Volodymyr the Great’s State, edged with gold vegetative ornaments.
    Royal Standard of Ukraine
    Ukraine flag display rules
    Ukraine Flag display rules
    When hung like a banner or draped, the blue band should be on the left. When flown from a vertical flagpole, the blue band must face the mast. The flag should especially be displayed at full staff on the following days:
    January: 1 (New Year's Day)
    January: 7 (Orthodox Christmas)
    January: 22 (Day of Reunion of Ukraine)
    March: 8 (International Women's Day)
    May: 1 & 2 (International Workers' Day)
    May: 9 (Memorial Day)
    June: 28 (Constitution Day)
    August: 24 (Independence Day)
    November: 13 (Day of Dignity and Liberty)
    Flags also must be flown on election days for the Verkhovna Rada in addition to other regional-specific flag days. The public display of flags to mark other events, such as the election of the president or the death of a prominent politician (whereupon flags would be at half-mast), can be declared at the discretion of the Cabinet of Ministers.
    The flag is displayed at half-staff (half-mast in naval usage) as a sign of respect or mourning. Nationwide, this action is proclaimed by the president. Half-mast means the flag is flown two-thirds of the way up the flagpole with at least the height of the flag between the top of the flag and the top of the flagpole. When flags are required to be flown at half-mast, vertical flags are not lowered. A black mourning ribbon is instead attached, either atop the mast (if hung from a pole) or to each end of the flag's supporting cross-beams (if flown like a banner) The flag should be displayed at half-staff on the following day:
    4th Saturday of November: Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Holodomor