Pro-Putin undies with patriotic Z symbol dubbed best contraception ever

New pro-Russian underwear has been labelled as the “best contraception ever” by raucous Twitter users.

The strange pants – which carry the infamous Z symbol on the front – were spotted in a local market in Tver, Russia.

Former Ukrainian ambassador to Austria, Olexander Scherba, posted a photo of the white frilly knickers with a pink Z on them on Twitter – they have also been seen in red.

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He captioned the photo: “When you’re really, really pro-Putin.”

And used the hashtag "#StopPutinNOW" at the end.

The strange undergarments sparked widespread ridicule on the social media app, with one user calling it the “best contraception ever”, while another labelled them as an “instant passion killer”.

They added: “Better than chastity pants."

Another user wrote: “Great to wear for those on the battlefield because they'll be s****ing in it while getting wiped out by UA (Ukrainian) army.”

And a third posted: “If I was about to get intimate with someone and found she was wearing this, she could be a supermodel and she would remain distinctly unf**ked.”

The Russian Z symbol – which has been likened to the Nazi swastika – was first spotted in February, just after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to invade Ukraine.

It was first seen on Russian tanks.

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The tanks were seen to have the letter "Z" inside a large square marked on the outside.

Investigative journalist Aric Toler, who was among the first to report on the invasion, claimed his agency had “been monitoring this stuff non-stop for eight years” but had not seen a symbol like this before.

Another expert, from the Kyiv military, said at the time: “It’s vital that any attacking force can be distinguished, particularly from the air where Russian forces will have complete control.

“The Ukrainians have very similar tanks and vehicles and will want to reduce the risk of friendly fire.”

And former field intelligence officer David Kime claimed mercenaries from a Russian paramilitary organisation told him that the "Z" stands for "Zelenskyy" – the name of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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