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Newsline: U.S. Embassy welcomes plan to name Moscow square ‘Defenders of Donbas’

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said on Friday that it was surprised but not offended by a proposal to name a nearby intersection “Defenders of Donbas Square”, suggesting disingenuously that it was to honour Ukrainian soldiers fighting Russian aggression. “Surprised but not offended by the Russian government’s proposal to rename a part of downtown Moscow near the U.S. Embassy ‘Defenders of Donbas Square’, presumably in honour of Ukrainian soldiers bravely defending their homeland from Kremlin aggression,” the embassy said. “The country should know its heroes.” (https://wsau.com/2022/05/20/u-s-embassy-welcomes-plan-to-name-moscow-square-defenders-of-donbas/) The Moscow city assembly said on Wednesday that its members were considering naming the intersection after soldiers fighting against alleged “Nazism” in the largely Russian-speaking Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

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