Significance of “Z” symbol on Russian military vehiclesDate: 14 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
Russian military tanks and trucks are roaming around the country sporting a “Z” marking painted on their sides.
This is not the only instance when the sign has been flaunted. Russians supporting the invasion have been wearing dress with the sign.
There is no clarity about the intention of the sign. Some say it stands for "Za pobedy" (for victory). Others say it as "Zapad" (West).
The symbol has gained popularity after the invasion. Many supporters of the current regime are putting the sign on the sides of their vehicles without force.
Many observers say that the sign act as signals to fellow Russians to identify their own vehicles in the warzone and avoid friendly fire.
It may have also been used for communicating location of vehicles or a unit and implying Russian identity and ideology.
Origin of the symbol
The symbol appeared first on February 22, on Russian vehicles that entered the Donetsk region.
It was also observed on vehicles in Crimea, when it was annexed by Russia in 2014.
Apart from “Z”, symbols such as triangle with two lines on either side, a circle with three dots inside and a large triangle with a smaller triangle inside have also been observed.