Crowds celebrate as they tear down Ukraine's largest Lenin statue in the eastern city of Kharkiv. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A large crowd gathered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Sunday (September 28) to witness the toppling of a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. The statue of Lenin, the largest one in Ukraine, was pulled down by ropes in front of a jubilant crowd waving Ukrainian flag and singing the Ukrainian national anthem. The act was one of the many in a series which started in Kiev in December 2013 during the pro-European protests in Kiev. Kharkiv was one of the several Eastern Ukrainian cities in which that pro-Russian activists tried to organize anti-Ukrainian movement earlier this year, but didn't succeed. In Kharkiv the pro-Russian movement was effectively neutralized both by authorities and local citizens, who saw the demolition of yet another symbol of totalitarian communists regime as another step away from Russia and their communist past.