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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
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
The flag of the
All-Ukrainian Party "New force" is at <www.novasyla.org.ua>.
Victor Lomantsov, 10 August 2002
The flag of political party All-Ukrainian Union "Freedom" was discussed earlier today at the FOTW-ml and its image was contributed by Zoltan Horvath. Here follows the contribution about the variants of the flag:
The flag usually has the ratio 1:1, as shown here, here, here, here, here and here.
On some of the flags with this ratio, both inscriptions are in yellow, like here and here.
There is also a variant with both rows of text in yellow and smaller-sized row beneath the larger-sized one, as shown here and here.
The most distinctive flag variant has the ratio 2:3, but the enlarged
text, all in yellow, occupies hoist and center and a smaller hand is
in the fly. This flag can be seen
Tomislav Todorović, 9 March 2014
All-Ukrainian Union "Freedom" was founded in Lviv in 1991 (not 1995,
as stated in the messages listed above) as the Social-National Party
of Ukraine (Sotsial-natsional'na partiya Ukrayiny) and officially
registered in 1995. Its original flag was yellow, charged with a large
wolf-hook (Wolfsangel) in blue, which was stylized and officially
described as the monogram IN (early medieval forms of Cyrillic letters
ІН); these letters stood for the motto "Ideya Natsiyi",
meaning "National Idea" (literally, "Idea of the Nation"). In 2004,
the party adopted its present name and flag as a part of distancing
from its original pro-Nazi ideology called the Social-Nationalism,
although its stances and activities are still often described as
rather extremist (it has the observer status in the Alliance of
European National Movements, whose members are the far-right parties
from the European Union member countries). The hand depicted on the
current flag is displaying the "trident salute" used by the Ukrainian
nationalists, named after the trident symbol form the national coat of
arms. The original party flag is still often used by a number of
extremist groups which keep declaring themselves as the
Social-Nationalists, although they usually have the flags of their own
as well, using this flag as the original symbol of their ideology -
something they all have in common.
image by Zoltan Horvath, 3 March 2014Batkivshchyna or the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" (Ukrainian: Всеукраїнське об'єднання "Батьківщина", Vseukrayins'ke Obyednannya Bat’kivshchyna) is a political party in Ukraine, led by Yulia Tymoshenko.
As the core party of the former Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, Batkivshchyna has had representation in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) since Yulia Tymoshenko set up the parliamentary faction Batkivshchyna in March 1999. After the November 2011 banning of the participation of blocs of political parties in parliamentary elections "Fatherland" became a major force in Ukrainian politics independently. In the 2012 parliamentary elections the party also added the name "United Opposition" to its name and it aligning several other parties under its banner during this election in which it won 101 parliamentary seats. In June 2013 several of these parties merged with Batkivshchyna. Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in jail in October 2011 on abuse of power charges, held captive in Kharkiv until February 22, 2014. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batkivshchyna
The flag is a white horizontal flag, with the logo in the middle, as seen here: - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BakRN8ZIcAAWkfS.jpg:large (third flag from left to right).
http://rt.com/files/news/21/56/40/00/ukr-2.jpg (third flag from left to right).
For additional information go to: Batkivshchyna (the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland") (official website) http://byut.com.ua/Esteban Rivera, 3 March 2014
image by Dov Gutterman, 10 March 2003
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 <www.tymoshenko.com.ua>,
her party's name is Batkivshchyna, which is translated
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
image by Victor Lomantsov, 9 January 2006
Flag of "Block of Yulia Timoshenko" (Donetsk
section) according to a photo located by M.Revnivtsev at <dii.novosti.dn.ua>.
Victor Lomantsov, 9 Januart 2006
The inscription can be translated to english as "Yulia
Timoshenko Fan Club of Donetsk".
Jorge Candeias. 9 Januart 2006
The flag of the
Christian-Democratic Party of Ukraine
(Khrystyyans'ko-Demokratychna Partiya Ukrainy) can be seen at
Dov Gutterman, 27 January 2002
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
image by Victor Lomantsov, 5 May 2008
There are some pictures from May day demonstrations at <www.svd.se>.
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 Ukrainian
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 Olleacute;, 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
Victor Lomantsov, 5 May 2008
image by Dov Gutterman, 30 June 2002
image by Victor Lomantsov, 22 July 2014
Flag of "Congress of Ukrainian Nationalism" Movement
Jens Pattke, 11 May 2002
- Emblem of Ukrainian Nationalists Organization. The acronym is:
At <www.mnk.iptelecom.net.ua/symvolika> - Flag of Ukrainian Nationalists Organization.
Something may have changed: The emblem at <www.a-election.com.ua> 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
image from <www.mnk.iptelecom.net.ua>
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
- emblem of Youth Nationalists Congress, youth ally of CUN. The
words on an emblem: MOLODIZHNIY NACIONALISTICHNIY KONGRIES (Youth
At <www.mnk.iptelecom.net.ua/mnk_fl.gif> 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