Werewolf with arrows: new insignia approved for Ukraine's SOF Command (Photo)
A new patch of the Command of the Special Operations Forces of Ukraine has been approved by the Chief of the General Staff, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The SOF Command insignia is a dark gray heraldic shield.
"The silver head of the Werewolf with golden eyes represents the governing, that is, the 'main' structure of the SOF. In its mouth, the wolf holds two arrows, symbolizing the enemy. One arrow is broken: it is a destroyed enemy. An intact arrow held in fangs means a neutralized enemy. That is, the head of the SOF decides which enemy to destroy and which – to neutralize. Arrows - are a dangerous, lightning-speed threat that is being destroyed. According to legend, Cossacks with supernatural powers who could turn into wolves could catch arrows with their hands or beat them off," the press service explained.
A golden bident of SOF patron, Prince Sviatoslav the Brave, is also placed on the sign.
"The layout of the patch symbolizes the continuity of military traditions dating back to the warriors of the times of Prince Svyatoslav the Brave and the Cossacks with supernatural powers to the present times, as well as determination, perseverance and resolution in performing the tasks to manage subordinate military units of the SOF," the message says.
Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko has approved the new insignia.