The Odessa authorities intend to rename Catherine Square to the European One. This was reported on April 4 by the publication «» in the Telegram channel.

The relevant initiative was taken by the city historical and toponymic commission.

In addition to the square, the authorities plan to rename Bunin Street to Police Street, and Zhukovsky Street to Lesya Ukrainka Street.

Back in December 2022, monuments to the Russian Empress Catherine II and Commander Alexander Suvorov were dismantled in Odessa.

The day before, the publication reported that the Ukrainian authorities plan to rename the Russian-controlled Severodonetsk and Pervomaisk. So, the local parliament proposes to name Severodonetsk Severskodonetsky, and Pervomaisk — Sokologorsk. In total, it is planned to rename seven cities and 44 villages.

Earlier, on March 20, the Ukrainian media reported that five cities and 104 villages were planned to be renamed in Ukraine. Sinelnikovo, Brovary, Pavlograd, Chervonograd, Yuzhnoye and 109 other settlements of Ukraine will be renamed within the framework of the law on decommunization in force in the country, which involves renaming names that in any way refer to the USSR.

At the end of April 2019, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law «On Ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language». The document implies the use of only the Ukrainian language by public authorities and local governments, educational institutions, hospitals, as well as in the service sector.

The de-russification of names in Ukraine began in 2015 according to the law «On Condemnation of the Communist and Nazi regimes.» The law is connected, among other things, with the renaming of all topographic objects whose names are somehow connected with the USSR, as well as with the demolition of monuments and the dismantling of memorial plaques.

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