U.S. Polo association teal boots size 9,

Ann Taylor LOFT | purple Julie pants, size 6,Authentic CHANEL 34 cardigan blue 2019S sweater white letter logo like newBDG Jean's dad slim taper leg 29x30,the Latin letter “Z” painted on them in white.

Defense officials have not said publicly what the markings could mean. It is also worth noting that the letter “Z” does not exist in the Russian alphabet, so perhaps the symbol is a version of the Cyrillic letter “I.”

Forever Spring by Johann Haviland, China Cream Pit,

It is a common military practice to use such markings to distinguish friend from foe. The U.S. military painted black and white “invasion stripes” on its aircraft during the 1944 invasion of Normandy to prevent Allied troops landing on the beaches from inadvertently shooting at their own planes, and American forces painted an upside-down “V” on their vehicles as a recognition symbol during Operation Desert Storm, retired Marine Col. Mark Cancian, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Task & Purpose.

Pioneer Woman pots and pans set!,

Free People Distressed denim cutoffs size 27,

Vince Warren Slip On Platform Heathered Grey Shoe sz 8,

Amanda Smith Black Wool Hat,

The North Face Ballard Waterproof Boots,

Liverpool capri Jean's 10/30,

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, said that while he does not know what the “Z” markings mean, the 101st Airborne Division used symbols from playing cards to identify its four regiments during World War II. For example, soldiers with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment painted spades on their helmets.

BNWT LuLaRoe Maxi Skirt Dark Red Digital Rose L,

When Task & Purpose asked the Pentagon about the markings, an unnamed spokesperson replied bluntly by email: “I refer you to the Government of Russia.” The Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., did not provide a comment for this story.

Update: This story was updated following Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine.

What’s hot on Task & Purpose

Denim Forum Jean Shorts - ARITIZA BRAND,Truly SoftLevi's women's 26 selvedge boyfriend skinny jeans,Orseund Iris Off Shoulder Knit Top,

Jen’s Pirate Booty Rainbow Gauze Tunic,