: Lenin statue pulled down in militant-held Donetsk region

15:41 Jun. 5, 2016

Lenin statue pulled down in militant-held Donetsk region

The broken bust of Lenin, Zaporizhia, 2014 (UNIAN Photo)

Police of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic are investigating the case 

On June 4, the Lenin statue was pulled down in the militant-occupied town of Makiyivka, the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.

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This is reported by Ukrinform with reference to local residents.

"The monument to Lenin stood near the Executive Committee building, in front of the mine named after Pochenkov. The three-metre statue was set on the two-metre pedestal. The monument was most likley to have been taken down at night, it broke into small pieces, and only a small part of the sculpture legs remained on the pedestal," said a eyewitness.

According to him, "the broken monument was sealed off with a police tape, and nearby police officers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, who came in large numbers, were observing the site".

A 10-metre statue of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin was recently taken down in the Ukrainain city of Odesa, while a monument to Soviet-era KGB servicemen was completely destroyed in downtown Kyiv. 

The falling of the monuments across Ukraine is being hailed as a symbol of independent Ukraine's push to modernise following the breakup of the Soviet Union. This is in line with a package of laws, adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament last year, which bans communist and Nazi regime symbols and propaganda. The renaming process is the latest step in Ukraine's efforts to break from its Soviet totalitarian past. 

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