The proposal of the deputies of the four factions of the Moscow City Duma to name the "nameless territory" near U.S. Embassy in Moscow in honor of the Donbas defenders "surprised" the staff of the diplomatic mission.
"We are surprised, but not offended by the proposal of the Russian government to rename part of the center of Moscow near the U.S. Embassy "Donbas Defenders Square" — presumably in honor of Ukrainian soldiers who courageously defend their homeland from the Kremlin aggression. The country should know its heroes," such an ironic message appeared on the official Telegram channel of the Embassy.
At the same time, the U.S. Embassy mistakenly considered that the idea of renaming the square was put forward "by the government of the Russian Federation."
The day before, the appeal of the leaders of four parliamentary factions was published on the Moscow City Duma Telegram channel. They proposed that the "nameless territory" at the intersection of Bolshoy Devyatinsky Lane and Konyushkovskaya Street in the center of Moscow be given the name "Donbas Defenders Square". Separately, the deputies discussed the need to assign a new address to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (part of the buildings of its complex are located in Bolshoy Devyatinsky Lane).
The authors explained the need for their initiative by "numerous appeals from the residents" in support of the "military operation in Ukraine". "Moscow citizens are asking to perpetuate the memory of the heroism of Russians fighting Nazism today on the city map," their appeal says.