The flags for Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov republics are well-known by the media. The others, however, are likely to be imaginary flags.
You already know it, but, for this post, it's important that the Russian flag is fresh in your mind, specially the exact sequence of the colors: white-blue-red.
If you look at the table below, you may noticed some patterns:
- All republic flags are tricolor;
- Most of them have two stripes in common to Russian flag showed above;
- No republic flag is directly based in Ukrainian oblast flag, even when it was already a tricolor;
- Ukrainian blue-yellow doesn't appear in any flag [e.g. Dnepropetrovsk].
|Oblast||Oblast flag||Republic flag||Source?|
|Dnepropetrovsk||Don Cossacks: blue → black|
Imperial Russia: white → red
Russia : white → purple
|Donetsk||Russia: white → black|
|Kharkov||Russia: white → green|
|Kherson||Russia: red → white|
|Lugansk||Russia: white → sky blue|
|Nikolaev||Russia : red → black|
|Odessa||Possibly inspired by the city of Odessa, very important port during Russian Empire.|
Russia: white → yellow[?]
|Zaporizhia||Kuban People's Republic: change of ratios|
As I had to redo some flags, here's an all-new map based on the first image, but showing the whole of Ukraine [Crimea disputed area is shown hatched]:
Comments and suggestions are welcome.