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Russian-occupied Kharkiv Oblast (24 February – 3 October 2022)

Russian-occupied Kharkiv Oblast image by Daniel Rentería, 11 August 2022

An article exists on the symbols of Russian occupied Kharkiv Oblast, at

I do not speak Russian, but with the help of Google Translate, the first 4 paragraphs read:
"The press service of the Interim Civil Administration (ICA) of the region stated that the state symbols were approved in the region, the emblem was a golden double-headed eagle with an orb, which symbolizes the belonging of the territory to Russian lands. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
The publication notes that Vitaly Ganchev, head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, approved the state regional symbols of the region.
The provisional administration of the region noted that the orb in the left claw of the eagle is a symbol of the historical roots of the region, as 'an integral part of the Russian lands.'
The press service stressed that the flag of the Kharkiv region has three colors: raspberry, blue and red. The tricolor symbolizes the historical connection of the region with the Cossack traditions of the Slobozhansky region and Russia."
Daniel Rentería, 11 August 2022

Russian-occupied Kharkiv Oblast image by BlinxCat, 17 September 2022

In February, Russia took Kharkiv Oblast and set up the so-called "Kharkiv Military-Civilian Administration." This occupation administration was unique due to the fact that it had its own flag and coat of arms. The flag is made in the style of the eastern pro-Russian republics in Ukraine, such as the DPR and LPR.
The flag commonly seen ( (in this photo of the flag being thrown off a building) is a triband of Purple-Blue-Orange or Purple-Blue-Red (depends from what I've seen.) which sometimes contain the coat of arms.
According to this source (, the flag is described as: "The flag of the Kharkiv region consists of three colors: crimson, blue and red. The colors symbolize the historical connection of the Kharkiv region with the traditions of the Cossacks of the Slobozhansky region and the Russian Federation."
BlinxCat, 17 September 2022

In the recent counterofensive of Ukrainian armed forces, the Oblast and the city have been reoccupied by Ukrainian forces. It was occupied by Russia from the period 24 February – 3 October 2022 [date adjusted ex post].

The so-called proposed new symbols under Russian occupation is part of a much broader concept of having autonomic referendums in all of the Oblasts that are/were under Russian control, but since Ukraine has started a major counteroffensive, all proposed referendums have been indefinitely postponed.
Esteban Rivera, 19 September 2022

Kherson oblast

image by Ben Cahoon, 2 October 2022

It seems that the Russia has made flags for the newly "annexed" regions of Ukraine. From TV and the signing ceremony in Moscow on September 30, 2022 we can see that there are new flags for the Russian oblasts of Kherson and Zaporozhye.

'From left to right: Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, and Donetsk.'
Ben Cahoon, 2 October 2022

The flag of Kherson is like the Ukrainian Kherson Oblast flag but with the 19th century coat of arms. More precisely, the arms are the 1803-1878 arms of Kherson Governorate: (image: but the inescutcheon is modified so as to display the cross from the 1878 arms: (image:
Tomislav Todorovic, 2 October 2022

Zaporozhye oblast

image by Ben Cahoon, 2 October 2022

The Russia Zaporozhye oblast flag seal is centered on a horizontally divided green/red flag. What was interesting about this flag was that it looks very much like the flag of the city of Zaporizhzhia, which is outside the Russian controlled area. The Wikipedia page shows the current city flag:
Ben Cahoon, 2 October 2022