Moscow reinstates Lenin statue in Ukraine’s Melitopol years after Kyiv took it down. Source: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL / AFP

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Moscow reinstates Lenin statue in Ukraine’s Melitopol years after Kyiv took it down

Ukraine dismantled Lenin statues across the country after its 2014 revolution overthrew a Moscow-backed regime as part of country’s ‘de-communization drive’

By AFP Today, 5:57 pm

Moscow’s occupying authorities reinstate a statue of Lenin that was taken down by Ukraine years ago in the city of Melitopol, November 5, 2022. (Twitter: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

MOSCOW — Moscow’s occupying authorities in the southern Ukrainian city of Melitopol said Saturday they had brought back a statue of Lenin, seven years after it was taken down following Kyiv’s pro-EU revolution.

The Moscow-installed head of the Zaporizhzhia region, Vladimir Rogov, posted a photograph of workers in the city reinstating the tribute to the Bolshevik leader.

“After seven years the statue of Vladimir Lenin has returned to its place in Melitopol,” he said, adding that city authorities had taken it down in 2015.

Ukraine dismantled Lenin statues across the country after its 2014 revolution overthrew a Moscow-backed regime as part of its “de-communization drive.”

It was seen as an effort to break away from Russian and Soviet influence.

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Moscow condemned the move.

Military planes fly above a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin during a rehearsal of the Naval parade in St.Petersburg, Russia, July 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Almost all cities in Russia have a statue of the founder of the Soviet Union in their central squares.

Melitopol fell to Moscow’s forces early in their offensive, launched on February 24.

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