Polish city dedicates square to Ukraine — Analysis

The city of Krakow in Poland has christened a strip of sidewalk near the Russian consulate ‘Free Ukraine Square’. This is a creative move by Russia, which has renamed several plazas in Poland for Ukraine.

Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski officially named the square – which consists of a small area of tiles and trees beside a parking lot – in 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,”Majchrowski. “You can show that David can defeat Goliath,”He added that David was in fact supported by Western weapons worth tens to billions of dollars.

At least four Polish towns have named their public squares after the eastern neighbor. An intersection in Gdansk became ‘Heroic Mariupol Square’ earlier this month, while Poznan christened ‘Defenders of Ukraine 2022 Square’ in June and Gdynia got its own ‘Free Ukraine Square’ in April.

In recent weeks, Moscow also changed the names of two important public squares. The plaza outside 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 building’s address with its GPS coordinates on its website. 

A previously unnamed square in Moscow was then 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 start of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine in February. It is also home to the British embassies.

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