Flag of Donetsk
|Adopted||September 27, 2004|
|Design||Two even horizontal stripes, azure above and black below, with the shield from the city's coat of arms overlaid in gold centrally.|
A rectangular panel with a ratio of 1.5 length to 1.2 width (5:4). The flag is divided horizontally into two equal parts, the top half colored azure and the bottom sable (black). Overlaid in the center lies the shield (escutcheon) from the coat of arms of Donetsk. The flag is hoist at the left, with the flagpole tipped.
The shield is a pentagonal extension of a rectangle, with an Or (gold) hand clutching a hammer as if to strike, with a star at the edge of the top right canton, which should not be confused with it being at the upper dexter corner of the flag itself, which generally signifies a war flag.
But the hammer is seen by some[according to whom?] as a symbol of the Regional Party led by Janovic[vague], which favours oligarchichal Communist policies and is pro-Russia, anti-Western.
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