Flag of the Donetsk Oblast

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Donetsk Oblast
Flag of Donetsk Oblast.svg
Proportion 3:2
Adopted August 17, 1999.
Design a rising gold sun with 12 sunbeams and five gold ovals one under another

The flag of the Donetsk Oblast (Ukrainian: Прапор Донецької області, Russian: Флаг Донецкой области), often referred to as the flag of Donbass[1][2] (Ukrainian: Прапор Донбасу, Russian: Флаг Донбасса), is the official flag of the Ukrainian region of Donetsk. It was designed by Nina Shcherbak (Ukrainian: Ніна Щербак, Russian: Нина Щербак), a Donetsk artist.[3] The flag was officially adopted on August 17, 1999.

The flag has proportions of 3:2, and is divided into two areas. In the upper part, there is a rising gold sun with 12 sunbeams in the upper steel blue part of flag (resembling the sky). In the lower black part (resembling a sea not yet fully illuminated by the light of day) there are five gold ovals one under another (the reflection of the sun on the water's surface).


Climbers from Donetsk Oblast have set the flag at Shishapangma peak (on May 27, 2007), Hoverla (on January 9, 2007), Mont Blanc (on March 22, 2007), Elbrus (on May 25, 2007) and Everest (on May 27, 2008). In 2007 an ascent was made in order to honour the 75th anniversary of Donetsk Oblast. On Saturday, May 19, 2012 Vitaly Kutniy, a mine foreman from "Belozerska" mine, climbed Mount Everest and planted the flag of Donetsk Oblast.[4]

Local adaptations[edit]


  1. ^ Виктор Тачинский (2010-07-07). "Флаг Донбасса поднят над Аляской!" (in Russian). Газета «Донбасс». Archived from the original on 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Горняки из Донбасса первыми взошли на вершину Тянь-Шаня" (in Russian). Газета «Сегодня». 2009-09-08. Archived from the original on 2017-06-18. Retrieved 2017-09-10. На пятитысячнике Тянь-Шаня установили флаг Донбасса и символ Донецка. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  4. ^ http://novosti.dn.ua/details/179800/