Monument to the Soviet dictator stood in city center for more than 50 years
A 20-metre statue of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin has been taken down in the Ukrainain city of Zaporizhia.
The dismantling process took more than 30 hours. Several hundred people gathered at the central square to see the toppling. A German national is reportedly expressing interest in buying the monument.
The Zaporizhia statue is the biggest bust of Lenin in Ukraine. It was installed in 1964. In recent years, local activists made two attempts to take it down. In early February 2016 the city council approved its dismantling.
Dozens of statues of Communist revolutionary Lenin have been toppled in Ukraine since 2013. Their falling has been greeted as a symbol of Ukraine's push to break from its Soviet past. The first demolitions coincided with the pro-EU Maidan protests against Moscow-backed former President Viktor Yanukovych.