Moscow authorities said on Wednesday they had changed the official address of the US embassy building in the Russian capital to one named after pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine.
“The United States Embassy in Russia has a new official address,” Moscow City Hall said in a statement, adding that it had named a previously unnamed open space in front of the embassy’s main entrance.
He said the embassy is now located at 1 Donetsk People’s Republic Square, referring to a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine that Moscow recognized as independent shortly before sending troops there. troops.
The Embassy’s former address was 8 Bolshoi Devyatinsky Lane.
The statement adds that the change was made after Moscow advisers offered to honor the “defenders of Donbass” – a predominantly Russian-speaking Ukrainian region that Russia says it is liberating as part of its military campaign – on the Moscow map. .
The new address was chosen in a public vote attended by nearly 280,000 people, the town hall said.
In February 2018, a street outside the Russian Embassy in Washington was named after Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician who was shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015.
President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, further heightening already high tensions between Moscow and the United States.
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