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Donetsk Peopleís Republic, Ukraine

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(2:3) by Antonio Martins, 23 March 2018

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The Flag

Donetsk, the province of Ukraine that declared independence as the Donetsk Peopleís Republic on 12th May 2014, has finally adopted the state flag. Itís the tricolour black, blue, red (2:3), without the coat of arms or lettering.

Parliament adopted the flag on 9 February 2018, and it was approved for publication by the president the following 28 February.

You can find the law, in Russian, here:

Jos Poels, 23 March 2018

Flags seen in news media 2004-2010

image by Jens Patke, 21 December 2004

image by Jens Patke, 21 December 2004

Three weeks ago, the German TV-News Channel N24 showed a report from the Donbass Region. It was reported on the life of the miners workers. During the time of the election campaign the life of the Russian speaking families improved. The report also showed pictures of a demonstration for the autonomy of the Southern Ukraine. In Donetsk, the demonstrators showed the known "Green and Black"-flag of the miners workers. I have seen two unknown flags in the report. Can somebody identify these both flags? Red, Blue and Green ?
Jens Pattke, 21 December 2004

Separatist flag

image by H B, 15 April 2014
alternate image by Pete Loeser, 19 June 2017

Unidentified flag at Ukraine miners demonstration, reported by Jens Pattke, is identified by as flag of Donshchyna or Donetsk Republic - easternmost part of Ukraine (Donetsk and Luhansk oblast, maybe also Kharkiv and southern part of Zaporizhe, so called New Russia), where people predominantly speak Russian, even ethnic Ukrainians, and support former president Yanukovych. Flag has three vertical stripes: red symbolise the fight for freedom (rather nostalgic for communism, I think), blue is for water of Donets river and Azov sea and black is for coal, the main resource of regions wealth. I send you variant of Donshchyna flag with inverted colours, indistinct shield and incipit "Donetsk republic".
Jakub Grombir, 6 February 2008

Photos with that flag are here and here. I also found a photo with black variant of flag here.
Aleksandar Nemet, 17 January 2010

The separatist flag with the double-headed eagle is widely used by mountaineers, who display it on the top the mountains they have climbed.


Ivan Sache, 11 January 2019

Mountaineering Federation of the Donetsk People's Republic

image by Ivan Sache, 11 January 2019

These mountain climbers are members of the Mountaineering Federation of the Donetsk People's Republic, whose flag is white with the federation's logo.

Ivan Sache, 11 January 2019