Living away from Ukraine, it is sometimes hard to know how to support the people under attack. However, there is one way you can support Ukraine in spirit. You can rename Russian embassies’ and consulates’ addresses to Ukraine streets. This would be a simple but significant act of symbolic support for the courageous Ukrainian people who defend the values of freedom and democracy from one of the strongest military powers in the world.
Russia with its leader Vladimir Putin demonstrates quite poor historical knowledge about Ukraine. Russia seems to forget that Ukraine is a sovereign state. Walking down Ukraine Street to their embassies and consulates, Russian diplomats and citizens worldwide would get a great daily reminder of Ukraine's sovereignty.
We call for global solidarity and address officials, mayors, activists, and citizens to initiate and support the renaming of the streets with Russian embassies and consulates into Ukraine Streets all over the world!
At 5 am on February 24th, 2022, Russia launched a devastating attack on 41 million people of Ukraine. This has become the most shocking and brutal event on the European continent since World War II. Today, people of various professions are being armed to patrol the streets and protect their native cities, thousands are drafted into the Armed Forces of Ukraine, millions have become volunteers – the whole nation of Ukraine is fighting for its freedom against Russian aggression.
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Several countries have already changed the Russian embassy's address line for Ukraine. Get inspired by their example.
On March 10th, 2022, Tirana renamed Russian embassy street “Free Ukraine”
On March 3rd, 2022, the mayor of Vilnius said a street leading to the Russian embassy would be named "Ukrainian Heroes Street"
On March 4th, 2022, the deputy mayor of Riga confirmed on Twitter that the Russian embassy street would be renamed "Ukraine Independence Street".
On March 8th, 2022, Oslo named street by Russian Embassy “Ukraine Square”
On March 20th, 2022, Toronto unveiled “Free Ukraine” signs along the front of the Russian Consulate on St. Clair Avenue. This area will now be called “Free Ukraine Square” on an honourary basis.
On March 24th, 2022, authorities in the Czech capital, Prague, approved a proposal to rename part of Korunovační street that runs in front of the Russian Embassy to Ukrainian Heroes street.
On April 13th, 2022, the deputies of the Krakow City Council decided to name the square in front of the Russian Consulate General the Free Ukraine Square.
On April 5th, 2022, the deputies of the Poznan city council unanimously approved an initiative to establish the Defenders of Ukraine 2022 Square.
On April 28th, 2022, Gdańsk councilors accepted a resolution naming The Heroic Mariupol Square not far from the Russian Consulate General to make a symbolic act of support for Mariupol and its heroes.
On April 28th, 2022, president of Gdynia and Ukrainian consul officially unveiled The Free Ukraine Square at one of the central squares in the city.
On April 28th, 2022, Stockholm renamed the park next to the Russian embassy in Sweden to "Fria Ukraine’s plats" – "Place of free Ukraine"
Since April 27th, 2022, a Reykjavik City landmark located only 50 meters from the Russian embassy will henceforth be known as Kyiv Square. Officially, the square will have a double name in Old Icelandic and Icelandic "Kænugarður / Kýiv-torg", respectively
On June 10th, 2022, Tallinn established Ukraine Square in Lembitu Park, behind the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 15th May, thanks to the support of the Cannes Mayor, Taras Shevchenko Square appeared on the map of Cannes.
In July, Woollahra Council (Sydney, Australia) attached We Stand With Ukraine street blades to the Fullerton St street signs, where Australia’s Russian Consulate is located.
On July 15th, The College of Mayors and Aldermen of Luxembourg decided to name the new road "Boulevard de Kyiv". It will connect the central railway station to the municipality and become a new gateway to the capital by 2023.
On August 16th the district office in Lichtenberg (Berlin) decided that the newly designed market square will be named "Odesa Square".
On 24th August the corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue in New York was co-named "Ukrainian Way."
On September 12th, through the joint efforts of the Embassy of Ukraine and Centar Municipality of Skopje, Ukrainian Alley was opened in the heart of the capital of North Macedonia.
In September 2022, Sofia named the alley "Heroes of Ukraine" in front of the Russian Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
On October 13th the Warsaw city council has renamed the path along Belvedere Street near the Russian embassy as the Alley of the victims of Russian aggression.
On October 24th the green space in front of the cultural center "Schwartzsche Villa" in Berlin gets its new name "Kharkiv Park".
Here we share the news from the countries and municipalities that have already initiated the change of the Russian embassy's address. Follow the development of the events with us.
On February 24th, 2022, an Opposition Leader of Danish Parliament Jakob Ellemann-Jensen called to rename the street where the Russian Embassy is located in Copenhagen to Ukraine Street.
Russian embassy on Orwell Road in Dublin may change to Independent Ukraine Road. The proposal will be put to public consultation with the residents having the final say in deciding whether or not there will be a name change.