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Kyiv street to be named after Golda Meir, Israeli envoy says

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Golda Meir smokes a cigarette during an interview. (Kan Archive)
Golda Meir smokes a cigarette during an interview. (Kan Archive)

A Kyiv street will soon be named after Golda Meir, announces Israel’s envoy to Ukraine Michael Brodsky after meeting with Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

Meir, the fourth prime minister of Israel, was born in Kyiv before her family fled amid antisemitic violence.

Ukraine is “de-Russifying” street names in the wake of the Russian invasion of the country. Names of Ukrainian nationalists who collaborated with Nazi Germany have also been proposed by a government body.

During the war, Meir’s words have appeared in pro-Ukrainian memes, been quoted by Ukrainian diplomats and even been carried in the backpack of a battle-ready Ukrainian soldier.

Brodsky returned to Kyiv from Poland on Tuesday night to reopen the embassy for another two-week period. The ambassador also discussed with Klitschko the arrival of 25,000 ready-made meals to Kyiv funded by Israel.

Brodsky was at Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry earlier in the day.

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