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Poltavs'ka Oblast'

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Полтавська область - Пирятин

by Ivan Sache, 1 December 2000

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The Flag

From the site of Ukrainian Heraldry:
"The Poltavs'ka oblast' flag was approved by February 10, 2000 by the solution XI of session of regional advice XXIII of convocation and represents the yellow cossac's cross on a blue rectangular. A ratio of the parties is 2:3. The cossac's cross is the basic element of the arms of the Poltavs'ka oblast' was introduced in composition of a flag, which one is included on historical motives. In middle of XVIII century a some cossac's regiments were joint around of the Poltava shelf, that had dark blue flag with cossac's cross. The author is E.Shyrai. The flag was adopted febuary 10, 2000"
Dirk Schonberger, 28 November 2000

Poltava is a city of c. 300,000 inhabitants located south-west of Kharkiv/Kharkov (North-East of Ukraine). On 8 July 1709, tsar Peter the Great defeated in Poltava Charles XII, king of Sweden. Charles XII took refuge in Ottoman Empire, tried unsuccessfully to ally with the Sultan against Russia, and finally returned to Sweden in 1715. Peter the Great preserved his Baltic conquests (treaty of Nystad, 1721).
Does the cross shown on the flag have something to do with Peter the Great?
It looks like the cross present on several military decorations all over the world.
Ivan Sache, 1 December 2000

No, the cross have no relations with Peter I the Great. Generally, in Ukraine Peter I is not a "favourite" ruler. He had desbanded the Zaporozhye cosaccos, last thing of former ukrainian semi-independence. The symbolics of "Poltava victory", banners, swords etc, of Peter I was on old Coat of Arms of Poltava (1803 and 1878) but not on modern.The cross on blue field is traditional symbol of cosaccos of Poltava Regiment. Analogous cross is a part of Coat of Arms of towns Mirgorod and Zenkov in Poltava Oblast.
Victor Lomantsov, 2 December 2000

Coat of Arms

from the site of Ukrainian Heraldry

Large Coat of Arms
from the site of Ukrainian Heraldry

From the site of Ukrainian Heraldry:
"It was confirmed at January, 30, 1998. A shield divided into quarters by raspberry lozenge, crossed by argent and azure wavy belt. In first azure part is or paty cross. In second or part is gules horseshoe. In third or part is gules heart. In fourth azure part is or wheat sheaf. In first part of lozenge is or bow, accompanied by two or stars, in second is or gates with three towers, accompanied by two or stars.
- Bow with arrow and stars are the elements which went into Poltava and Pyriatyn coats of arms, indicate on historic role the edges in defence of own earths, and also Poltava as administrative centre.
- Urban gates with three towers and flagpoles - element eldest of coats of arms, basic Lokhvytsia coat of arms element. It indicates on durability, power, edge inviolability, cossack traditions.
- A water wave - element of Komsomol's'k and Kremenchuk emblems, symbolizes riches of water spaces.
- A Cossack cross is symbol on historic colours of Poltava regiments and Myrhorod and Zin'kiv emblems.
- A horseshoe is blown about element of patrimonial Ukraine coats of arms - happiness symbol, good, love, consent.
- A heart is hetman coat of arms element of P.Polubotok, V.Kochubey, symbolizes Poltavschyna as Ukraine heart, her grandeur, spirituality, - earth, begining by mother country to prominent figures of world significance.
- Sheaf is personifies natural resource, earths fertility, industry of its inhabitants, national traditions.
- A Crown is power, firmness, grandeur and glory.
Adopted colours:
- Raspberry - most blown about colour of cossack colours - power, bravery.
- Azure means wrestling after freedom, hope.
- Or means sun, lightly, welfare, kindness, work, dignity.
The large Coat of Arms is a little coat of arms crowned by crown with five towers and enframed by guelder roze branches, entwisted by blue-yellow ribbon. Over crown is superscription "Poltavschyna"."
Dirk Schonberger, 28 November 2000