05 August 2017

#1323 Ukraine

The state flag of Ukraine (Ukrainianдержавний прапор Україниtranslit.derzhavnyi prapor Ukrainy; literally 'state flag of Ukraine') is a banner of two equally sized horizontal bands of blue and yellow (Constitution of UkraineArticle 20).

As a national flag, the blue and yellow bicolour has been officially used since the 1848 Spring of Nations when it was hoisted over the Lviv Rathaus. It was officially adopted as a state flag for the first time in 1918 by the short-lived West Ukrainian People's Republic, and subsequently used by the Ukrainian People's Republic. When Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union, the flag was outlawed and before 1949 there was no official state flag until adoption of the red-blue flag of the Ukrainian SSR. People who hoisted the blue-yellow flags in the Soviet Ukraine were prosecuted as criminals. The blue and yellow flag was provisionally adopted for official ceremonies in September 1991 following Ukrainian independence, before finally officially being restored on 28 January 1992 by the parliament of Ukraine.

Ukraine has celebrated Flag Day each year on August 23 since 2004.

Thank you, Ira !

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