What Is the New Symbol Appearing on Russian Military Equipment?

By Bo Beard | May 17, 2024

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Recent observations by the open-source intelligence monitor OSINT Defender point to a notable escalation in Russia's military operations near Kharkiv, Ukraine, as new tactical symbols have emerged on Russian tanks and armored vehicles. 

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The symbol, featuring a central square with two overlapping diagonal crosses, has surfaced on Russian equipment in the past few days, indicating a strategic shift in their activities.

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OSINT Defender suggests that this new symbol may be linked to Russia's intensified offensive along the northeast border of Ukraine. Russian armored units are making concerted efforts to breach Ukrainian defenses, particularly in the vicinity of Vovchansk, where Russian forces have been observed crossing into the border town.