CROCS Classic Lined Brown Clogs Men's 13,

NWT✨KATE SPADE Moroccan Tile Tassel Necklace,RAG & BONE MADISON CUTOUT SUEDE SANDALS HEELS 35/5Vera Bradley zipper wristlet,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.”

NWT Victoria’s Secret | Sequin Coin Purse,

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.

Rebecca Taylor Blue & Black Dress (Size 4),

Stuart Weitzman almond toe patent leather pump,

David’s Bridal Wedding dress Size 12,

Torrid White Floral Clip Dot Flutter Sleeve Blouse Size 1,

Eileen Fisher Soft Long Sleeve Black topM,

Small Pink Crepe Floral Dress Hi-lo Hem Lined,

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.

J. Crew Cotton Sateen Gateau Skirt Tiered A Line 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

Floral-print high-low dress sz 8 black white gray,Size XS Rachel Roy Crepe Knit BlouseHalti Team Yukon Snowpants,Adidas Swift Run Leopard/Cheetah Shoes,

EUC Quincy Mae dress lot,