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Ukraine’s National Symbols

6. December 2012 by Lorena 0 Comments

Ukrainians are a fiercely patriotic people; whatever their issues and concerns with their government, they have fierce national pride. Among the symbols that Ukrainians use to express their pride in their country:


The Ukrainian Flag

Ukraine’s flag features two equally-sized horizontal bars, one of blue and one yellow. The blue represents peace while the yellow symbolizes prosperity and Ukraine’s fertile wheat fields. The flag was adopted on January 28 of 1992; yellow and blue have been Ukraine’s national colors since 1948.



Ukraine’s National Anthem

Ukraine adopted “Ukraine has not yet perished” as its national anthem in 1992. The song was first established as the anthem of the short-lived Ukraine People’s Republic in 1917, but was banned by the Soviets in 1920. The lyrics are adapted from a patriotic poem written by Pavlo Chubynsky in 1862. The words are:


Ukraine has not yet perished, nor her glory, nor her freedom,

Upon us, fellow Ukrainians, fate shall smile once more.

Our enemies will vanish like dew in the sun,

And we too shall rule, brothers, in a free land of our own.




Souls and bodies we'll lay down, all for our freedom,

And we'll show that we, brothers, are of the Cossack nation!

We'll stand, brothers, in bloody battle, from the Syan to the Don,

We will not allow others to rule in our motherland.

The Black Sea will smile and grandfather Dnieper will rejoice,

For in our own Ukraine fortune shall shine again.




Our persistence and our sincere toils will be rewarded,

And freedom's song will throughout all of Ukraine resound.

Echoing off the Carpathians, and across the steppes rumbling,

Ukraine's fame and glory will be known among all nations.




Ukraine’s Coat of Arms

Ukraine’s lesser coat of arms features a trident in the country’s national colors, blue and yellow. The trident used in the national symbol first appeared over 1000 years ago in symbolism from area tribal governments. Most historians believe that it represents a descending falcon. It was first adopted as a Ukrainian national symbol in 1917. The small coat of arms appears on the standard of the President.


A great coat of arms has not yet been adopted. While there is a constitutional provision for a great coat of arms, a finalized design has not yet been voted on by Verkhovna Rada. One possible design features a Cossack in military dress and a lion holding up a shield with the flower viburnum and ears of wheat below.