Ukraine’s parliament on Sunday, May 22, banned the symbols “Z” and “V”, used by Russia’s military, but agreed to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s call to allow their use for educational or historic purposes.
The Ukrainian authorities decided to ban the use of the letters Z and V. The relevant bill was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. The Head of the Servant of the People party, Elena Shulyak, wrote about this in her Telegram channel.
The document prohibits changing the letters З, В, С, Ф to the letters Z and V, as well as visually highlight these Latin letters in the words, like it is done in the pictures below (“The power is in the truth” – “Сила в правде” instead of “Сила V правде” and “For Victory” – “За победу” instead of the Russian variant “Zа победу”).
Previously, it was forbidden to use the symbols Z and V in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Moldova.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Parliament has also supported Ukraine’s withdrawal from the Agreement on Perpetuating the Memory of the Courage and Heroism of the Peoples of the CIS Member States in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. This agreement was signed on September 9, 2011, in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and ratified with a reservation by the Law of Ukraine on April 18, 2013. Besides, Ukraine adopted a law on withdrawal from the Agreement on Cooperation of the CIS member states to combat illegal migration.