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US Embassy in Moscow changes address — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union


The authorities of the Russian capital have changed the address of the diplomatic mission to “Donetsk People’s Republic Square”

The address of the United States Embassy in Moscow has been changed, with the square outside the diplomatic mission now bearing the name “Donetsk People’s Republic Square” Moscow authorities announced. The DPR is officially recognized as independent by Russia, but still considered a mutinous part of Ukraine by the United States and most other nations.

A statement informing Muscovites of the change was published Wednesday on Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s official website, Mos.ru. In this document, the Moscow authorities also specified that the previous address of the embassy had been “canceled”.

According to the document, the new name of the place as well as several alternatives were put to the vote via the online platform, Active Citizen. A total of 278,684 Moscow residents participated, according to the statement. The Donetsk People’s Republic Square option garnered the support of 45% of voters.

The proposal to rename the square was initially floated by members of Moscow’s parliament shortly after Russia launched its offensive against Ukraine, city officials have revealed. The names had been suggested by citizens.

The deputy speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, Petr Tolstoy, was present at the site while workers replaced the road sign.

“It is a symbolic gesture celebrating the struggle of the people of the DPR”, the politician told reporters.

In the near future, another square or street in Moscow will also be renamed in honor of the Lugansk People’s Republic.

The two Donbass republics declared their independence in 2014 following the Maidan coup in Kyiv. Both of these predominantly Russian-speaking regions expressed concern that the new Ukrainian government, which included known nationalists, would trample linguistic minorities and force them to speak Ukrainian. Lugansk and Donetsk refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new authorities. To suppress the separatist movement, Kyiv deployed heavily armed police, security forces and eventually the country’s army to Donbass. The separatists, in turn, seized weapons from local army and law enforcement stocks.

The Ukrainian government launched what it called a “anti-terrorist operation” using artillery and fighter planes.

This culminated in a bloody eight-year conflict, which the German-French-brokered Minks Accords sought to resolve without success. The two republics became de facto independent.


In the first two months of 2022, DPR and LPR authorities reported an increase in Ukrainian bombings. Eventually, both republics declared a mass evacuation of civilian residents to Russia, claiming Ukraine was poised to retake the areas by force. A few days later, the head of the DPR and the LPR asked Russia to officially recognize them. Both houses of the Russian parliament have passed a bill calling on President Vladimir Putin to do so.

On February 21, the Russian head of state signed the recognition documents.

Moscow is not the first city to symbolically name or rename a square or street in front of the embassy of a foreign power.

In February 2018, authorities in Washington named the square in front of the Russian Embassy after killing Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

The ceremony was attended by several members of the US Congress, State Department personnel, as well as city officials.

The Washington City Council made the decision, which he said symbolized the city’s commitment to democracy.

A leading critic of the Russian government and President Putin personally, Nemtsov was shot and killed just outside the Kremlin on February 27, 2015.

Russian law enforcement then apprehended the hitmen involved in the crime, who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. However, the people who had placed the hit on Nemtsov have not been identified to date.


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