Russia on Wednesday launched a carrier rocket, Soyuz-2, with the letter ‘Z’ painted on the rocket, into space from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast.
The letter ‘Z’ has been seen on the equipment of the Russian army participating in the Ukraine invasion.
The letter has become the symbol of support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine under President Vladimir Putin. The letter was first spotted on Russian tanks and military trucks stationed near the Ukrainian border.
Meanwhile, the defence ministry of Russia also took to Instagram to post stylised graphics of the letters Z and V.
It may be mentioned that no definite explanation of what the letters stand for has been provided.
The influence of the letter spread over to sports earlier this year when Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak sported 'Z' on his chest at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha.
The Russian athlete displayed the symbol as he stood on the podium finished third and next to Ukrainian rival Illia Kovtun, who won the gold.