The seller indicated that the toys are reduced copies of vehicles used during “Russian special operations”.
AliExpress, a Chinese online marketplace, sells toy models of Russian military vehicles with the letters “Z” painted on them, a symbol that can be seen on tanks and other combat vehicles involved in a full-scale war against Ukraine. This is evidenced by the product pages on the marketplace website.
In particular, at a price of 4.7 thousand rubles (about UAH 2.4 thousand) with delivery to Moscow, a store called “Shop1102064220 Store” offers to purchase a model tank T-72B3. Among the tags placed on the product page, in particular, are “Russian special actions” and “collectible toys for boys”.
At the same seller, you can find the T-72 model cheaper – for 4.3 thousand rubles. The page indicates that this is a copy of equipment that is used in real life “for Russian special operations.” A model of the Russian military vehicle BM21 with the Grad installation is also on sale – 4.9 thousand rubles.
Models of Russian vehicles are marked with the letters “Z”. In addition, on AliExpress you can find toys with the letters “V”, which are applied by the Russian military to equipment during a full-scale war in Ukraine.
In April, the Verkhovna Rada banned the use of the symbols “Z” and “V”, equating them to communist and Nazi.