Colours of Ukraine repainted

A makeshift sign bearing the colours of the Ukrainian flag has been repainted after it was...
A makeshift sign bearing the colours of the Ukrainian flag has been repainted after it was defaced with a ‘"Z" representing support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. PHOTO: JARED MORGAN
The Ukrainian flag has been reinstated on a sign between Alexandra and Clyde after a "zwastika" representing support for the Russian invasion of the country was painted out.

The blue and yellow painted sheet of corrugated iron is believed to have appeared on the roadside on State Highway 8 shortly after the Russian invasion of the Eastern European nation on February 24.

The sign was defaced with a large "Z" sometime in the past two weeks.

As of yesterday, the Z is barely visible, having been painted over in the past few days.

The Otago Daily Times reported on Tuesday the connotations of the Z, which has become known as a "zwastika" or "zwaztika" — a reference to the Nazi swastika.

The Latin-script letter Z is a symbol painted on Russian military vehicles involved in the invasion of Ukraine.

The letter Z does not exist in the Cyrillic alphabet and its equivalent character resembles the numeral 3.

It is speculated that the Z helps Russian forces distinguish themselves from Ukraine’s military, but it has subsequently become a symbol used in Russian propaganda both inside and outside of Russia.

jared.morgan@odt.co.nz

 

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