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Presidential Flag (?)


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

I posted to Mr. Rukkas (Ukraine) those flags, pictured in Banderas 50 (page 14) in an article by Jose Maria Montells based on information provided by the independist Ukranian Orest Kanelyn Romanischin. In the article, in spanish, it was said: "President Hruschevsky adopted a blue flag with the golden trident of St Wladirmir bordered from a orle of Laurel (sinople) in its center, and with a bordure of triangles blue and yellow separated from the flag with narrow lines of blue and red in four sides"
Mr. Rukkas posted me the following answer:
"On the 29th of April, 1918 Ukrainain Parlament (Central Rada) elected Michael Hrushewsky to be the president of Ukrainian People's Republic. And next day Hetman Skoropadsky's coup d'etat took place. So, Hrushevsky enjoied his new office for less then one day. The flag you posted was designed well before Hrushevsky's election. It was forseen for future president. But as you see Hrushevsky could not use it becouse lack of time. That is why I suggest to call this flag as that of President of Ukrainian People's Republic (not mentioning about M.Hrushevsky). To my mind it looks more correct.


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

Concerning the image of above mentioned flag. I have a picture of the flag of the President of Ukrainian People's Republic (adopted in January, 1918) but it differes form that you sent. My flag is just plain blue with the same coat of arms (as you depicted) in the center. There is no blue/yellow triangles and blue/red outlineage.


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

Moreover, I have an image of proposed presidental flag which was designed in 1920 by Ukrainian artist M.Bytynski for S.Petlura, the Head of Ukrainian People's Republic restored after hetman's abdication in November, 1918. And this flag has all the features I told about before (blue/yellow triangles and blue/red outlineage). But instead of coat of arms in the center there is small yellow-blue national flag in the canton.
It looks like your flag is comprised of the elements taken from two different flags. It is only my guess. Please, provide me with the source of your flag to check this info and thus, clarify the mess. I am sending you the flag I have. So, you will be able to compare my images and yours. Want to underline that is only my guess, quite possible that even three flag existed."

Concering the 1920 proposal And the 1920 proposal, note that the flag is yellow over blue while in the era that in use was the blue over yellow. I hear also that this flag was the one of the president in exile, but its not excluded that was adopted before the end of the peoples republic/
Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


Minister of Health


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

Minister of Health (only in Philippe).
Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


Minister of Transport  


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

Minister of Transport  (only in Montells).
Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


Govenor (?)


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

Lan Otaman or Governor Starotsa (I don't know what its mean) (only in Philippe).
Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


Head of Diplomatic Mission (Minister-Resident) 


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

Minister-resident   (only in Montells with black trident). Montells quote that charge d'affairs and consuls have same flag but each one with different device in canton, but those devices are not shown.
Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


Flag of Service for the Extraordinary Representatives of the State


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


Ambassadors


by Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001

Ambassadors (Only Montells, trident shown black).
Jaume Olle, 31 August 2001


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