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Newsline: Moscow Trolls U.S. With New Name for Russian Square Near Embassy

Moscow’s city government is asking residents to pick a name glorifying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for a square located outside the U.S. embassy. Officials in Russia’s capital are asking residents to vote on a list of three names for the square that all exalt Russian-backed separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. The naming of the currently nameless square, which shares a block with the U.S. embassy, is a thinly veiled affront to Washington and a further sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries over the war in Ukraine. (https://www.newsweek.com/moscow-trolls-us-pro-invasion-name-russian-square-near-embassy-1711492) The list of names submitted by Moscow’s city government for the square includes “Defenders of Donbas Square,” “Donetsk People’s Republic Square” and “Hero of Russia Vladimir Artyomovich Zhoga Square,” reported The Moscow Times. The names refer to Donbas, a region in eastern Ukraine where Russian-backed separatists are currently fighting Ukrainian forces. The region, which has a large population Russian-speaking population, has seen separatists declare independent republics for Donetsk and Luhansk. Vladimir Zhoga was a separatist military leader killed earlier this year during the fighting.

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