The flag of Crimea was officially adopted on 24 September 1992 as the flag of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, readopted on 21 April 1999, then readopted on 4 June 2014 as the flag of the Republic of Crimea, annexed by Russian Federation.
the flag of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea claimed by Ukraine and the Republic of Crimea claimed by Russia
The flag is a triband, striped horizontally in blue–white–red. The blue stripe is located at the top edge and is 1/6 of the flag's width. The white stripe is the largest of the three and is 2/3 of the flag's width, and the red stripe is located at the bottom edge and is 1/6 of the flag's width.
When flown vertically, the flag's blue stripe should be at the left, the white field in the centre, and the red stripe on the right. The flag's length is twice its width.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many designs were used by separatists from Crimea. The most commonly used design in public was a white flag with a blue outline map of Crimea, reminiscent of the flag of Cyprus. However, many Supreme Council of Crimea members had supported the version of a white flag with seven rainbow colors at the top. Crimea proclaimed self-government on 5 May 1992, but no official flag was chosen.
On 5 June 1992, five proposals were submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea (Crimean Parliament):
- Blue–white–blue triband with large white space and narrow blue strips at the top and bottom edges of the flag.
- White flag with seven rainbow colours at the top.
- White over light blue field.
- Yellow–green–blue tricolor with a same size red vertical stripe at the hoist.
- The current blue–white–red design with the coat of arms in the center.
Proposal 5, designed by V. Trusov and A. Malgin, was selected to be the flag of Crimea. The coat of arms of G. Jefetov and V. Jagunov was recommended for display on the flag. The final design for the flag was submitted in the second session of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea on 24 September 1992. The flag was only officially adopted on 21 April 1999.