Pro-EU supporters pull down Lenin’s statue in Kiev

Published on : Monday, December 9, 2013

download-44The monument to Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin on Kiev’s Bessarabskya Square is one of the major tourist and symbolic sites. It’s also a historic monument about the ties Ukraine has with Russia and the Soviet Union.
This monument was taken down today by pro EU protesters in Kiev’s capital city.

Here is a summary what happened on Sunday, December 8 during massive demonstrations:
The Ukrainian government will “begin consultations” aimed at defusing tension in the country, President Viktor Yanukovich told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a telephone conversation. The presidential press service did not elaborate on whose counsel the government was going to seek. Speaking with Yanukovich, the UN Chief urged restraint from violence and called on all sides of the Ukrainian crisis to start a dialogue.
The protesters rallying on Kiev’s Maidan square have approved the election of a self-proclaimed “revolutionary commandant” Nikolay Katerinchyuk. Addressing the crowds from a stage on Maidan, the “commandant” urged the crowd to take the city under “full control”, to place “checkpoints” at all roads leading into Kiev and to make the military and the police ask protesters for “permission” before making any move.
Katerinchyuk has also vowed to “throw [Kiev’s mayor Aleksandr] Popov out of his cabinet, as he is not fulfilling his duties”.
The Ukrainian opposition will be fully responsible for any violence that could follow the massive protest rally, Mikhail Chechetov of the ruling Party of Regions has said.

According to the politician, some provocations are being prepared to turn the peaceful rally into violent riots that could result in injuries or deaths, as the opposition leaders “have fully lost” control of the protests in Kiev.

Earlier on Sunday, the Party of Regions condemned the opposition’s actions as attempts to “discredit the government, the president at any cost” ahead of the 2015 elections, but said that it will show restraint and fight such actions within the bounds of the law. Unlike those living in tents on Maidan, millions of other Ukrainians “want to live and work normally,” the party’s press service said.

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