18:49 Jul. 20, 2016
Recently, Lenin statue was toppled in occupied Simferopol
On July 20, in Crimea's Simferopol, annexed by Kremlin in 2014, the unidentified individuals painted the monument to celebrated Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in colours of the Ukrainian flag (blue-and-yellow), according to news agency Kryminform.
It was the monument mustache that was painted in blue and yellow. It was also adorned with a trident.
The caption 'Glory to Ukraine' was written in Ukrainian on the monument.
The paint was removed from the statue. A group of policemen are guarding the monument.
Photo courtesy - Kryminform, c-inform.info
It is not the first incident that occurs to monuments in the occupied Black Sea peninsula and militant-held regions in eastern Ukraine.
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.
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.