The city of Krakow in Poland has named a strip of sidewalk near the Russian consulate “Free Ukraine Square”. The move comes after several other Polish cities renamed squares for Ukraine, but Russia indulged in its own creative renaming.
Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski officially named the square – which consists of a small area of tiles and trees next to a parking lot – during a ceremony on Monday.
“By opening this square, we want to show that we are with you…as you fight for your freedom and ours,” said Majchrowski. “You can show that David can defeat Goliath”, he added, with David in this case backed by tens of billions of dollars in Western weaponry.
At least four Polish towns have now named public squares after their eastern neighbor. An intersection in Gdansk became the “Heroic Mariupol Square” earlier this month, while Poznan was dubbed “Defenders of Ukraine 2022 Square” in June and Gdynia got its own “Free Ukraine Square” in april.
Moscow has also renamed two key public squares in recent weeks. The square in front of the US Embassy in the Russian capital was renamed “Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Square” in June, prompting the US State Department – which does not recognize the DPR – to replace the address of the building by its GPS coordinates on its website.
A previously unnamed square in Moscow was later named after the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), which, along with the DPR, declared independence from Ukraine in 2014 and was recognized by Russia two days before the beginning of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine in February. The square houses the British Embassy.
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