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Kyiv (Kyiv City, Ukraine)


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(2:3) image by Valentin Poposki, 12 July 2020


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The City of Kyiv is an independent city at the Oblast level in Ukraine. Its administrative-territorial division was changed several times before 2001. The former 14 rayons were reconstructed to became 10, and that is the situation ever since.
Valentin Poposki, 12 July 2020

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The Flag

From the site of Ukrainian Heraldry:
"In May 1995 the session of the town council approved the gonfalon: a rectangular canvas of dark blue colour with a ratio of the sides: 2:3. In the centre there is an image of Archangel Mykhail."
Phil Nelson, 7 July 1999

Symbols (flag, emblem and anthem) are prescribed in the by-laws of the territorial community of Kyiv, adopted by the city council in March 2002.
Ivan Sache, 28 January 2009

The New Flag Project

(2:3) image by Victor Lomantsov, 26 March 2009

On 28 January 2009, "Kyiv Post" reports that the city state administration has set up a commission to officialize the flag and emblem of the town. The adopted emblems should be very similar to the emblems already in unofficial use. Symbols (flag, emblem and anthem) are prescribed in the by-laws of the territorial community of Kyiv, adopted by the city council in March 2002.
Ivan Sache, 28 January 2009

On 25 March 2009, "The Kyiv Post" reports the selection of a flag draft as follows:
"The workgroup of the Kyiv city state administration has selected the draft images of the city flag and emblem, the press service of the city state administration told the Ukrainian News agency.
The draft images have been worked out by heraldry specialist Oleksii Rudenko and artist Vitalii Mytchenko. Thus, the image of the large emblem is blue coat of arms with rounded bottom, depicting silver Archangel Michael in the coat with a golden aureole, golden flaming sword in his right arm, and silver oval shield.
The coat of arms is placed on the golden Baroque cartouche topped with golden three-prong city crown.
The image of the smaller emblem is similar to the coat of arms of the larger emblem.
The emblem is based on the images of city emblems of 1672 and 1782.
Kyiv's flag should be blue orthogonal cloth with the aspect ratio of 2:3 with the large emblem in the middle.
The height of the emblem on the flag should be 2:3 of the cloth's width.
The images now should be endorsed by the Kyiv city council.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Kyiv city state administration forecasts council will endorse the images of the emblem and flag of the city by June 2009."that the Kyiv city
Ivan Sache, 25 March 2009

Note: an arbalest ("kusha") - ancient municipal symbol of Kyiv - depicted on the shield. Image of new flag at
Victor Lomantsov, 26 March 2009

It is a project of a new flag. But finally we are waiting for the adoption by Kyiv City Council.
Andriy Grechylo, 26 March 2009

Coat of Arms

image from the site of Ukrainian Heraldry

From the site of Ukrainian Heraldry:
"In May 1995 town council session of Kyiv confirmed a new resolution of giving the historical Coat of Arms with the picture of archangel Michael back to the city."
Phil Nelson, 7 July 1999

The City

From the site of Ukrainian Heraldry:
"City in Kyiv Oblast. It is situated on the banks of the Dnipro. According to a legend Kyiv was founded by three brothers Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv and their sister Lybid more than 15 centuries ago. The town had been the political center of Kyiv Rus'. The blossoming forth of Kyiv was during the ruling of the prince Volodymyr Sviatoslavovych and Yaroslav Mudry.The baptism of Ukraine began in Kyiv. In the X - XII centuries Kyiv was one of the biggest cities in Europe. In nearly 1362 Kyivsky land became part of Great Lithuanian principality. In 1494 Kyiv was given the Magdeburg Right. Since 1648 it was a center of Kyiv regiment. In 1918 Kyiv was occupied by Moscow troops. On the 24th of August 1991 in Kyiv the Supreme Rada proclaimed the independence of Ukraine. The first symbols of the capital of Ukraine appeared still in the days of Kyiv Rus' . The picture of archangel Michael considered to be the Protector of fighting men is connected with the cult of the warrior angel. In the days of Volodymyr Olgerdovych the picture of archangel Michael was not used. But after 1471 in the emblem of Kyivs'ke principality started to appear again. Since the XVI century the white angel nimbed in gules field became the official symbol of Kyivs'ke principality. With having the Magdeburg Right an arm with a crossbow appeared on a Magistrate seal. On flags of the Cossacks regiments during the war of 1648-1654 there was a picture of Michael piercing a dragon with a spear. The picture of Michael appeared also in the emblems of Gadiach, Krolevets and Ovruch."
Phil Nelson, 7 July 1999

My ancient encyclopedia says, under the heading "Magdeburg", "Magdeburg became a flourishing commercial town during the 13th century, and was an important member of the Hanseatic League..."Magdeburg law" (Magdeburger Recht), securing the administrative independence of municipalities, was widely adopted." Perhaps where the source says "was given Magdeburg right" we should translate "received the right of civic self-government" or something similar
John Ayer, 8 July 1999

Kyiv During Vladimir the Great

Images or descriptions of flags of ancient Kiev were not saved. Some historians think, that the red flags with a white or yellow trident were used in Kiev. But their hypotheses are confirmed by nothing.
Ukrainian nationalists consider that the flags of Vladimir were blue-yellow. But in fact this B-Y flag has appeared only in 1848. Flags with three tails were drawn on ancient coins (X c.). Vladimir has lead violently christening of Kiev Rus. Therefore it is possible the religious plots were represented on the flags
Victor Lomantsov, 3 March 2002

It is impossible to speak about flags in Russia earlier than since 1685, when Zar Peter I adopted the first Russian flag - white - red - blue. In Annalistic Codex of Zar Ivan I (The Terrible) from XV C. the images of banners ostensibly 12 centuries - red with a narrow strip lengthways staff are given, but it can be mystification.
Michail Revnivtsev, 5 March 2002

Kyiv City Subdivisions

During soviet times, Kyiv had 14 administrative districts (rayons) with such names as: Leninskyi rayon, Minskyi rayon, Moskovskyi rayon etc. A few years ago a new law about the Capital of Ukraine was adopted and Kyiv received 10 new rayons, new borders, new names.
Andriy Grechylo, 28 July 2004

Kyiv Pride flag

image located by Randy Young, 6 June 2022

Doing some research on a different flag this afternoon, I came across the flag of Kyiv Pride. This flag can be seen in several photographs online, including at

This flag uses as its base the standard six-stripe rainbow flag, with the stripes being uneven, wide on one end and narrowing toward the opposite end. Overlaid on top of the yellow and orange stripes is a white symbol that appears to be a stylized megaphone and sound waves. Meanwhile, over the green and blue stripes are the Cyrillic words "КИЇВ ПРАЙД" or "Kyiv Pride."

There are other similar flags seen along with these Kyiv Pride rainbow flags, including similar symbols and words on a plain white field (
Randy Young, 6 June 2022

It seems that the rainbow used on this flag is not even in the terms of the traditional flag. If you see the image the organization used on Facebook at, while the text is in English, the pattern used in this image and the flags are the same in the terms of the design of the rainbows. For the various other flags in this space, you can see the same treatment was given (Non-Binary and Transgender, from top to bottom). As for the font, is the largest I could find since they seem to be using English text more than Ukrainian (at least from what I saw).
Zachary Harden, 6 June 2022