Putin taunts America by changing the address of the American embassy in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked the United States but changed the address of the US embassy in Moscow to name it after pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine.
Moscow authorities said on Wednesday they had changed the official address of the US embassy in the Russian capital after naming a previously unnamed open space in front of the building’s main entrance.
He said the embassy is now located at 1 Donetsk People’s Republic Square, referring to a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine that Moscow recognized as independent shortly before sending troops there. troops.
The Embassy’s former address was 8 Bolshoi Devyatinsky Lane.
The statement added that the change was made after Moscow advisers offered to honor the “defenders of Donbass” – a predominantly Russian-speaking region of Ukraine that Russia says it is liberating as part of its military campaign – on the map of Moscow.
Moscow authorities said on Wednesday they had changed the official address of the US embassy in the Russian capital (pictured) after naming a previously unnamed open space in front of the building’s main entrance.
In February 2018, a street outside the Russian Embassy in Washington (pictured) is named after Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician who was shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday) taunted the US but changed the address of the US Embassy in Moscow to name it after pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine
The new address was chosen in a public vote attended by nearly 280,000 people, the town hall said.
In February 2018, a street outside the Russian Embassy in Washington was named after Boris Nemtsov, an opposition politician who was shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015.
President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, further heightening already high tensions between Moscow and the United States.
A few days before the invasion, Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the pro-separatist regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Lugansk.
Ukrainian forces have been fighting pro-Russian rebels in the region since 2014 in a conflict that has claimed some 14,000 lives.
Areas of Donetsk and neighboring Lugansk that were occupied by pro-Russian rebels before the war started – the so-called “people’s republics” – announced a general mobilization in late February, just before the war broke out. .
All men under the age of 55 have been banned from leaving the territory and warned that they could be called upon to join the fighting.
Since then, Denis Pushilin – leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic – has been forced to raise the age to 65 because so few men have been found to join the army.
Residents of the occupied areas – many of whom consider Ukraine their home country – have described thousands of men going into hiding to avoid conscription.
Russian troops have occupied Kherson since its capture at the start of the war, but have been attacked by pro-Ukrainian rebels.
A Russian military transport with the letter ‘Z’ painted on the side stands guard on a street in Kherson, near where separatist soldiers were fighting
Russian troops and dogs patrol the streets of Kherson, which has been under occupation since early March when Putin’s men captured it
Men of fighting age are said to hide in basements and back rooms of houses where no men are registered, as conscription is organized by address.
All those who did not escape conscription were sent back to the front, often poorly armed and with aging Soviet equipment – some dating from World War II.
DPR units were photographed fighting in Mariupol, Donbass and the southern region of Kherson.
Russian forces suffered heavy casualties during the war, which has now lasted more than three months, and DPR forces were no exception.
In an update late last month, the government reported total casualties of 1,912 soldiers killed and 7,919 wounded since the start of the war.
In 2015, the DPR’s total military strength was estimated to be between 30,000 and 35,000, meaning that almost a third of this force is now out of action.
100 Ukrainian soldiers die every day in the Donbass, according to Zelensky
Ukraine is losing up to 600 soldiers a day, including 100 killed in action, President Zelensky has admitted as he gave the clearest indication yet of the blood debt his military is paying to curb the Russian invasion.
Zelensky said the situation in Donbass, where the fiercest fighting is taking place, is “very difficult”, but insisted his soldiers “held our defensive perimeter” despite advances by Putin’s men in recent days .
“We are losing 60 to 100 soldiers a day killed in action and around 500 wounded in action,” he said, lifting the lid on Ukrainian casualties that have been a closely guarded secret throughout the war.
The battle for Donbass has now largely turned into brutal trench warfare, with Ukraine digging in defenses which are pounded by Russian artillery before troops attempt to rush through gaps in the line – a much like the battlefields of the First World War.
Overstretched by the Russian side, Ukraine has pleaded with its allies for better artillery to hit back at Putin’s men – Joe Biden revealing on Tuesday that America would send advanced rocket systems to help in the fight.
The heaviest fighting is currently taking place in the city of Severodonetsk, which is now largely under Russian control. Capturing it entirely would put Putin’s forces on the verge of taking Luhansk province – one of his main war objectives.
Ukrainian forces in the region suffer heavy losses. Neil Hauer, a journalist who has spent time on the front lines, revealed that a soldier he is in contact with saw 56 men from his 60-man squad killed during a recent rotation to the front.
But the fighting also weighs heavily on the Russian forces.
Although their tactics have improved since the failed effort to take Kyiv, Putin’s generals face better armed and better prepared Ukrainians than they were in the first weeks of the war.
Western officials briefing reporters on Wednesday estimated that Russian forces had been reduced to about half the strength they had before the war began.