Ukraine: Lenin monument toppled in Kharkiv

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Ukraine: Lenin monument toppled in Kharkiv

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One of Ukraine’s biggest monuments to former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin has been toppled in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

A large crowd of spectators sang the Ukrainian national anthem. The national flag was waved, as well as black and red ultra nationalist banners, and even the NATO flag.

Ukraine is not a NATO member and the organisation said it had no plans to offer membership to Kyiv.

There are more than 2,500 Lenin statues around Ukraine.

The first was brought down at the end of last year during the Maidan protests in Kyiv.

Since then, dozens have been toppled. This one in Ukraine’s second largest city is just the latest to come crashing down.

Standing around 20 metres tall, the monument in Kharkiv was one of the tallest in the country.

An police investigation into the incident in Kharkiv was opened, then quickly closed by the interior ministry who noted that nobody had been injured.

The interior minister celebrated the toppling of what he called the “bloody Communist idol.”