11:13 Jul. 13, 2016
A chalk outline appears on the ground like at a crime scene
On July 12, in Crimea's Sevastopol, annexed by Russia in 2014, the unidentified individuals toppled a monument to Lenin in the children's park.
This was reported by the so-called vice-governor of the city Alexander Reshetnikov.
"This morning, visitors found the sculpture pull down from the pedestal. Nearby, someone outlined its silhouette in white like the chalked outlines of bodies on crime scenes", wrote Ryeshetnikov on Facebook. "We condemn the acts of vandalism. Sevastopol respectfully treats monuments of different eras. The city boasts monuments to Catherine the Great, communist leaders, and even to Taras Shevchenko (Ukraine's renowned national poet, artist and political figure), given to Sevastopol by Lviv (the city in Western Ukraine) in a very persuasive manner".
The event anyway provoked stormy reaction among social network users who said the first toppled Lenin statue in Crimea is a 'point of no return' for Russia's annexed Black Sea peninsula.
Later, police officers found out that it was an ordinary traffic accident, not an act of vandalism. A water truck crashed in to the sculpture. Investigation is under way.
Photo courtesy - sevsvalki.net
On June 7, in Moscow's centre someone toppled Lenin's statue and beat off its head.
On June 4, the Lenin statue was pulled down in the militant-occupied town of Makiyivka, the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.
STORY: Hundreds of Communist statues were toppled in Ukraine since 2013. The first demolitions coincided with the pro-EU Maidan protests against the government of Moscow-backed former President Viktor Yanukovych.
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.