Dismantling of the Last Stronghold of Moscovia in Ukraine

by Meifan Honcharuk
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Dismantling of the Last Stronghold of Moscovia in Ukraine

Kyiv terminates the lease of land under the Russian embassy and nationalises the premise

For more than a year, Russia has been waging war against Ukraine. For more than 9 years, Russia has annexed Crimea and occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions. However, the Russian embassy in Ukraine is still standing intact. And not somewhere on the outskirts, but in the centre of Kyiv. And finally, members of the presidential party Servant of the People launched a process as a result of which Russia will no longer be

"Our faction initiated the termination of the lease agreement for the land provided to the Russian embassy and will initiate the nationalisation of the premises of the Russian embassy," deputy from the Servant of the People Liliya Pashinna.

Since 2014, in response to the annexation of Crimea, Ukrainians have repeatedly taken to the streets of Russian diplomatic missions in Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv. On December 22, immediately after Putin illegally announced the annexation of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Ukrainian activists went to a rally against the Russian embassy in Kyiv. In turn, the Russian foreign Ministry said it was evacuating its staff from the embassy in Kyiv as it feared for their safety. This was 2 days before Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine.

We remind you that on March 30, 3 weeks after the start of Russia's war against Ukraine, activists attached a sign to the drone with the inscription "A garage for sale" (that is, the embassy building in Kyiv) and the contacts of the embassy. More than a year after the start of a full-scale war, the garage is returned to the disposal of Ukraine.

We remind you that Russia severed diplomatic relations with Ukraine in January 2022 (2 months before the attack). After February 24, 2022, European states expelled hundreds of Russian diplomats and recalled their own. Now Russian diplomacy resembles the building of the Russian embassy in Kyiv: boarded-up windows, boarded-up doors, reinforced frightened guards, 3 levels of barbed wire on the fence.

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