The statement added that it had named a previously unnamed open area in front of the embassy’s main entrance….reports Asian Lite News
The official address of the US embassy building in Moscow has been changed to one named after pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine, the authorities in the Russian capital said, the AFP reported.
“The United States embassy in Russia has a new official address,” reports quoted Moscow city hall in a statement.
The statement added that it had named a previously unnamed open area in front of the embassy’s main entrance.
It said the embassy is now located at 1 Donetsk People’s Republic Square, referring to a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine that Moscow recognised as independent shortly before sending troops there.
The embassy’s previous address was 8 Bolshoi Devyatinsky Lane.
The statement added that the change was made after Moscow councillors proposed honouring the “defenders of Donbas” — a majority Russian-speaking region in Ukraine that Russia says it is liberating as part of its military campaign — on the map of Moscow.
The new address was chosen in a public vote in which nearly 280,000 people participated, the city hall said.