The Lithuanian capital Vilnius has given the Russian embassy a new address on “Ukrainian Heroes Street” to protest Moscow’s invasion of its pro-Western neighbor.
“From today, the business card of every employee of the Russian Embassy will be decorated with a note honoring the struggles of Ukraine, and everyone will have to think of the atrocities of the Russian regime against the peaceful Ukrainian nation by writing this street name,” Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius said in a statement.
Until now, the Russian embassy held its address from the neighboring Latvian street, the name of which remains unchanged.
But a previously unnamed small road leading directly to the embassy acquired the Ukrainian nickname.
Simasius had announced the move last week and on Wednesday workers installed two new street signs bearing the name in Lithuanian and Ukrainian.
This is not the first time that Vilnius has used signs and symbols to get its message across in Russia.
In 2018, the city renamed a square outside the embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure shot dead near the Kremlin by unknown assailants.
Latvia, another Baltic state, has also used this tactic.
Officials in the capital Riga agreed last week to rename the address of the Russian Embassy to “Independent Ukraine Street”.