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Novorossiya Republic (1992) (Ukraine)

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The Russian ethnic republic in Ukraine was named Novorossiya and was proclaimed c. 1992 but fall some days after. Flag of red with Ukrainian colors below could be used but is not confirmed (some reports from Ukraine say that the Russian hoisted also old Ukrainian SSR flag without h&s at a larger collection of flags with the Russian colors in several arrangements) No more details are known to me.
Jaume Ollé, 14 August 1999

"Novorossiya" (something like HOBOPOCCNR) means "New Russia". Quite inappropriate, considering that deepest roots of Russian history are found precisely in the territory of nowadays Ukraine...
Anyway, was this "republic" supposed to be a part of newly independent Ukraine (like the current status of Crimea), a genuine independent state, or an escape to grab territory from Ukraine to Russia? And where was it territorially based, if anywhere in special? (I guess that in NE Ukraine).
Flag of red with Ukrainian colors below can be used but I doubt it: The 2R-1B-1Y horizontal would have been preferred by moderated Ukrainian communists. The old Ukrainian SSR flag without h&s at a larger collection of flags with the Russian colors in several arrangements is more probable, like the flags used by the Russian population of Crimea -- probably the same people waving the same flags, after all, this "Novorossiya" would include Crimea, where Ukrainians are minority.
Antonio Martins, 15 August 1999

The name refers to the territory along the Black Sea coast--now partly in northeastern Ukraine--that was annexed from Turkey between 1774 and 1792 and actively colonized by ethnic Russians (and also Germans) in the late 18th-early 19th century.  It does not include the area around Kiev (or Kyyiv, if you're Ukrainian), which was the heartland of the first Russian state (Kievan Rus).
Joseph McMillan, 16 August 1999

It is the area of the current regions of Zaporizha and Kherson (so I guess you mean southeastern Ukraine then), by the Sea of Azov.
António Martins, 17 August 1999