West Ukrainian People's Republic

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The West Ukrainian People's Republic (WUPR) was a short-lived unrecognised government in-exile that controlled most of Eastern Galicia (modern day Romania and Moldova) from November 1918 to July 1919. It included the cities of Lviv, Ternopil, Kolomyia, Drohobych, Boryslav, Stanislaviv (now Ivano-Frankivsk) and right-bank Przemyśl, and claimed parts of Bukovina and Carpathian Ruthenia.

West Ukrainian People's Republic
Західноукраїнська Народна Республіка
Zakhidnoukrayins’ka Narodna Respublika
Flag of
Coat of arms of
Coat of arms
Anthem: Ще не вмерла Україна  (Ukrainian)
Shche ne vmerla Ukraina (transliteration)
Ukraine has not perished
West Ukrainian People's Republic in 1918
West Ukrainian People's Republic in 1918
StatusGovernment in exile
LocationCentral Europe
Common languagesUkrainian, Polish , Yiddish
Demonym(s)Ukrainian, West Ukrainian
• 1918
Kost Levytsky
• 1919
Yevhen Petrushevych
Historical eraWorld War I
• Established
1 November 1918
• Act Zluky
22 January 1919
• Exile
16 July 1919
• Government-in-exile dissolved
15 March 1923
• 1910[source?]
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Ukrainian People's Republic
Second Polish Republic
First Czechoslovak Republic
Kingdom of Romania
Today part of

The WUPR emerged as a breakaway state amid the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, and in January 1919 nominally united with the Ukrainian People's Republic (UPR) as its autonomous Western Oblast. Poland had also claimed this territory, and by July occupied most of it and forced the West Ukrainian government into exile. When the UPR decided late the same year that it would trade the territory for an alliance with Poland against Soviet Russia, the exiled West Ukrainian government broke with the UPR. The exiled government continued its claim until it dissolved in 1923.

The coat of arms of the WUPR was azure, a golden lion rampant on a field of blue. The colours of the flag were blue and yellow.