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Ukraine in the Soviet Union

Ukrainskaâ SSR / Ukraị̈nshka RSR

Last modified: 2015-06-06 by zoltán horváth
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Украинская ССР / Українська РСР

Flag of Ukrainian SSR in 1949
image by António Martins and Victor Lomantsov, 12 Sep 2003 | two-sided
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Description of the flag

Adopted 21 November 1949. Light blue bar in base, covering 1/3 of the height. See here detailed construction information of the hammer and sickle.
Mark Sensen, 25 May 1997

According to Constitution of Ukrainian SSR: the distance from the hoist of the flag to the centre of star (and of the hammer-and-sickle, of course) is equal to 1/3 of flag’s length.
Victor Lomantsov, 20 Oct 2000


Reverse of the flag

Back of flag
image by António Martins, 19 Oct 2000 | two-sided reverse

No hammer, sickle and star on the reverse side.
Mark Sensen, 25 May 1997

Officially reverse looked like obverse without star and hammer-sickle. But in fact I never saw these flags without star, hammer-sickle. Real flags (all 15) usually were either with reverse analogous to obverse (but with star and hammer-and-sickle near the hoist) or with reverse = mirrored obverse.
Victor Lomantsov, 30 Nov 2002


Dark blue errouneous variant

Flag of Ukrainian SSR in 1949
image by António Martins and Victor Lomantsov, 12 Sep 2003 | two-sided

In this “soviet” site it is shown an erroneous representation of the flag of the Ukrainian SSR, with dark blue instead of light blue.
António Martins, 29 Nov 2002


Coat of arms

soviet ukrainian CoA
image by Marcus Schmöger, 15 Sep 2001 (source: [hzg80])

The emblem of the SSR was introduced 14 March 1919 (according to Hesmer [hes92]) and was replaced by the current one in 19 February 1992.
Marcus Schmöger, 16 Sep 2001


Subdivisons of Soviet Ukraine

According to my soviet sources (thus this is/was the “official truth”), the whole list for soviet Ukraine regions’ creation date is:

  • 1932.02.27 Dnepropetrovsk Region
  • 1932.02.27 Kiev Region
  • 1932.02.27 Odessa Region
  • 1932.02.27 Kharkov Region
  • 1932.02.27 Vinnitsa Region
  • 1932.07.17 Donetsk Region
  • 1932.10.15 Chernigov Region
  • 1937.09.22 Nikolaev Region
  • 1937.09.22 Poltava Region
  • 1937.09.22 Khmelnitskiy Region
  • 1937.09.22 Zhitomir Region
  • 1938.06.03 Voroshilovgrad Region
  • 1939.01.10 Kirovgrad Region
  • 1939.01.10 Sumy Region
  • 1939.01.10 Zaporozhe Region
  • 1939.12.04 Ivano-Frankovsk Region
  • 1939.12.04 Lvov Region
  • 1939.12.04 Rovno Region
  • 1939.12.04 Ternopol Region
  • 1939.12.04 Volynia
  • 1940.08.07 Chernovtsy Region
  • 1944.03.30 Kherson Region
  • 1945.06.30 Crimea (until 1954 within RSFSR)
  • 1946.01.22 Transcarpathia
  • 1954.01.07 Cherkassy Region
António Martins, 28 May 2000