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Children’s replicas of Russian army Z-marked vehicles hit stores

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Toy replicas of Russian military vehicles emblazoned with the now infamous ‘Z’ logo, synonymous with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, have gone on sale in Russia.

The EONK online store, headquartered in Moscow, sells a range of small plastic toys including military trucks, multiple rocket launcher systems, tank trucks, missile launchers and personnel carriers .

Prices range from 602 to 817 rubles, which equates to around £6.12 to £9.25.

Their sale is part of a nationwide campaign to drum up young people’s support for Russia’s war effort, which has seen sick children dragged from hospitals to appear as a Z and young gymnasts displaying the symbol on their shirts.

First appearing on tanks and armored vehicles on the battlefield, the letter Z has since been adopted for propaganda purposes by Putin’s regime and now seems ubiquitous in Russian media as well as on the front lines. .

Toy replicas of Russian military vehicles emblazoned with the now infamous ‘Z’ logo, synonymous with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, have gone on sale in Russia

The EONK online store, headquartered in Moscow, sells a range of small plastic toys including military trucks, multiple rocket launcher systems, tank trucks, missile launchers and personnel carriers .

The EONK online store, headquartered in Moscow, sells a range of small plastic toys including military trucks, multiple rocket launcher systems, tank trucks, missile launchers and personnel carriers .

Prices range from 602 rubles to 817 rubles for a multiple rocket launcher system toy (equivalent to around £6.12 - £9.25)

Prices range from 602 rubles to 817 rubles for a multiple rocket launcher system toy (equivalent to around £6.12 – £9.25)

A Russian army truck carrying an armored vehicle approaches the Perekop checkpoint on the Ukrainian border on the first day of the invasion, February 24

A Russian army truck carrying an armored vehicle approaches the Perekop checkpoint on the Ukrainian border on the first day of the invasion, February 24

Servicemen of pro-Russian troops in uniform without insignia are seen atop a tank with the letter

Servicemen of pro-Russian troops in uniform without insignia are seen atop a tank with the letter ‘Z’ painted on its sides in the separatist-controlled settlement of Buhas (Bugas), as the invasion of Ukraine by Russia continues, Donetsk region, Ukraine March 1, 2022

Pro-Putin celebrities began wearing Z badges, and young activists posted videos of themselves wearing Z-branded T-shirts, shouting, “For Russia! For Putin!

The Kremlin claimed that the letter Z stands for the phrase ‘za pobedu’ (for victory), while the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claims that it denotes units from the Eastern Military District of Russia and, if enclosed in a square, Crimean forces.

But Russia’s use of the symbol Z is confusing, given that the character itself does not exist in the Cyrillic alphabet of the Russian language.

The sound of the letter Z is denoted by the Cyrillic character ‘з’, leading commentators to question why the Latin Z was adopted by the Russian armed forces and Putin’s propaganda campaign in the first place.

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, 20, (pictured) faces disciplinary action for sticking a Z on his kit during a medal ceremony at a World Cup in Qatar

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak, 20, (pictured) faces disciplinary action for sticking a Z on his kit during a medal ceremony at a World Cup in Qatar

First appearing on tanks and armored vehicles on the battlefield, the letter Z has since been adopted for propaganda purposes by Vladimir Putin's supporters at home.

First appearing on tanks and armored vehicles on the battlefield, the letter Z has since been adopted for propaganda purposes by Vladimir Putin’s supporters at home.

The symbol has also been cynically used by a cancer charity which runs a hospice for sick children in the Russian city of Kazan (pictured)

The symbol has also been cynically used by a cancer charity which runs a hospice for sick children in the Russian city of Kazan (pictured)

Some pro-Ukrainian commentators have compared Russia’s use of the Z sign to the Nazis’ use of the swastika during World War II.

Meanwhile, Israel today denounced Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s comments and demanded an apology after he suggested Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots.

Lavrov made the remark when challenged by an Italian TV channel over his claim that Russia is “denazifying” Ukraine, pointing out that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish.

“I think Hitler also had Jewish origins, so that doesn’t mean anything,” Lavrov said. “For a long time we have heard from the wise Jewish people that the greatest anti-Semites are the Jews themselves.”

Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister, today called the remark ‘outrageous’ and said the Russian ambassador would be called in for a ‘tough talk’.

Zelensky himself said: “I have no words… No one has heard any denial or justification from Moscow. All we have from here is silence… This means that the Russian leadership has forgotten all the lessons of World War II.

“Or maybe they never learned those lessons.”

Lavrov made the remark after being challenged by Russia's claims that Ukraine is ruled by the Nazis, despite Zelensky (pictured) being Jewish

Lavrov made the remark after being challenged by Russia’s claims that Ukraine is ruled by the Nazis, despite Zelensky (pictured) being Jewish

Dani Dayan, president of Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, said the Russian minister’s remarks were “an insult and a blow to the victims of true Nazism”.

Speaking on Kan radio, Dayan said Lavrov was spreading “an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory without any basis in fact”.

In 2018, a study by Belgian journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and expert Hitler historian Marc Vermeeren collected saliva samples from more than three dozen living relatives of the Nazi dictator.

The parents’ DNA was tested to determine their major haplogroups – parts of chromosomes that geneticists can use to distinguish between different ancestries.

The study, which was reported by History.com, found that Hitler’s parents appeared to share a dominant haplogroup that is common to North Africans and two different groups of Jews.