Because the square in front of the building in Moscow was renamed after pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine, the United States Embassy in Russia no longer has a street address on its website. Instead, it has a set of coordinates.
The new location of the US embassy in Russia was announced by officials in Moscow a month ago. It is at 1 Donetsk People’s Republic Square. This is a reference to a part of eastern Ukraine that broke away and became its own country, which Moscow recognised as a state before sending troops there.
As a response, the United States Embassy added the coordinates “55,75566° N, 37,58028° E” to its website. On the other hand, the website’s “Embassy and Consulates” section still shows the old address of the embassy. Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8 is the address.
In June, the people of Moscow voted on whether to change the name of the square in front of the American embassy. In the same month, the Moscow city hall told people what the open space in front of the main entrance to the embassy would be called from now on.
Moscow council members wanted to honour the “defenders of Donbas,” which is a mostly Russian-speaking part of Ukraine that Russia says it is freeing as part of its “military campaign,” according to a statement from the government. The change was made after the proposal was made, the statement said. They also said that the new address was chosen by the public through a poll in which about 280,000 people took part.
Demonstrators in the United States put up a sign in front of the Russian embassy in Washington, DC, that unofficially changed the name of the boulevard to Volodymyr Zelensky Boulevard. Newsweek quoted activist Claude Taylor as saying, “The President Zelensky Way street sign is just a quiet way to protest [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s crimes and honour Ukraine.”
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered that Russian military forces be sent to Ukraine. This made things much worse between Moscow and Washington, which were already tense.