01:28 GMT07 April 2020
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    Monuments to Soviet statesman Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Civil War hero Nikolai Rudnev and Chairman of the Central Executive Committee Yakov Sverdlov were demolished in Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv overnight on Saturday.

    The video of their dismantling was later posted on the Web. The vandals torn down the monuments with the tacit approval of local police.

    Vandalizing Soviet-era statues and memorials has become routine practice in Ukraine since the outbreak of the political crisis late last year.

    On December 1, 2013, Ukrainian nationalists tore down a statue of Vladimir Lenin in central Kiev.

    A total of more than 500 statues of the founder of the Soviet state have been dismantled in Ukraine since February 2014, and nearly 1,700 are still standing.


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