As pictures and videos of the Russian army invading Ukraine come out, you may have noticed that most of them are carrying painted recognition markings on their hulls.   We thought you might be interested in what they represent.

First, it is interesting that the Russians are even doing this. In the U.S. military, most of our fighting vehicles and helicopters are equipped with a radio-based combat ID system so that we can identify friendly forces and not shoot them up.  Apparently, Russian tanks, trucks, helicopters, and armored combat vehicles do not, so they are stuck with visual recognition signals to sort them out from the Ukrainian military which is mostly using the same equipment as the Russians.

The Letter “V” represents the Russian Marines