When Ukraine will Finally Have its Great Emblem?

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Yurii Bohaievskyi
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, veteran of Ukraine’s diplomatic service

Ihor Turianskyi
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, veteran of Ukraine’s diplomatic service

DOI https://doi.org/10.37837/2707-7683-2018-11

Abstract. This article is focused on the fact that independent Ukraine still does not have the Big State Emblem as its major national symbol. Since December 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed Decree No 675/2015, which referred to the need to properly cover the history of state symbols. Therefore, the authors remind that by its decision on February 19, 1992 Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine had approved only a Trident as a temporary small state attribute and as the main element of the future Big State Emblem. However, the obligation to complete “in the near time period” the formation of state symbols has been delayed for various reasons. This one is a very important and urgent issue that has to be solved. Recent political events that are taking place in our country such as elections, reforms, roads, tranches, the constant fight against corruption, Russian aggression, rapprochement with the European Union and NATO do not allow to complete the formation of state symbols. There is the National Flag and the National Anthem, but there is no real, full-fledged emblem. This question is also of interest to foreign Ukrainians, who have done a great deal to ensure that the historical symbols of the nation are not lost but preserved in the memory of generations.
Meanwhile, more than 200 patterns of the Big State Emblem designed by Ukrainian specialists in heraldry are covered with dust in the Central State Archives of Supreme Organs of Power and Administration.
According to the authors of the article, the fact that the big emblem has not been in Ukrainian political space for quite a long time does not contribute to strengthening, consolidation and unity of the whole Ukrainian society and indicates the incompleteness of Ukraine as an independent state.
Keywords: national emblem, national symbol, Ukraine, independence, Trident, heraldic sign, Central State Archive.

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