Whether you say “zee” or “zed,” Vladimir Zelensky wants the letter Z banned from global usage immediately. Yes, he’s serious.

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow: People wave flags with the letter Z in the colors of the ribbons of St. George as a symbol of support for Russian military actions in Ukraine. Ramil Sitdikov/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

A Big Ask

That’s right, Ukraine is asking the world to criminalize the use of the letter Z when used as a symbol of support for Russian aggression against their country.

The irony isn’t lost on me that the word “criminalize” contains the forbidden letter…but I digress.

In a Tweet last Tuesday, Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, wrote: