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Lenin Statue Toppled In Kharkiv

Giant Lenin Toppled In Kharkivi
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September 29, 2014
A giant statue of Lenin was pulled down by jubilant crowds in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on September 28. Thousands of people marched through the city waving Ukrainian flags before gathering at the 20-meter monument. Previous attempts to pull it down were prevented by pro-Russian protestors, amid violent clashes in March and April. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian service)
WATCH: Giant Lenin Toppled In Kharkiv
By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

Demonstrators in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv have cut down a statue of Vladimir Lenin.

The towering, 20-meter monument to Lenin on Kharkiv's Freedom Square was attacked shortly after a pro-Ukrainian unity march by thousands of people was held in Ukraine's second-largest city.

Men used ladders to access the statue and saw off Lenin at the legs.

Hundreds of people were standing near the statue watching as the statue was taken down. No police were present.

Activists had earlier used a jackhammer to carve "Glory to Ukraine!" into the base of the statue.

Kharkiv, which is some 20 kilometers from the Russian border, was the scene in March and April of violent clashes between pro-Russian demonstrators and Ukrainians loyal to Kyiv.

Pro-Russian separatists in Kharkiv have defended Lenin's statue during previous attempts to remove it.

With reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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