Ukraine’s parliament on Sunday banned Russian military forces from using the “Z” and “V” symbols used to promote war in Ukraine, but agreed to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for permission to use them for educational or historical purposes.
Opposition member Yaroslav Zhelzniak, announcing the decision on a telegram messaging app, said 313 deputies had voted in favor of the 423-member Varkhovna Rada assembly.
Zelensky vetoed an earlier version of the bill, calling for the two symbols to be displayed in museums, libraries, scientific works, reproductions, textbooks and similar examples.
There are no two letters in the Russian alphabet. These have been widely used, especially in Russian military vehicles and equipment, to promote conflict targets.
Moscow has called its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” to disarm its neighbor and protect it from fascists. Ukraine and the West say fascist allegations are baseless and that war is an act of aggression without provocation.
Over the weekend, Russia pushed its position east of Ukraine, hitting the Donbass and Mykolaiv regions with airstrikes and artillery fire.
The new bill bans the formation of non-governmental organizations that use Russian war symbols or undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty.
On Sunday, Ukraine’s parliament extended martial law in the country for another 90 days, or until August 23.
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