KYIV (QHA) -

A group of unidentified people on Sunday evening tore down a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin from its pedestal in central Kyiv, the Kyiv police's press service told Interfax-Ukraine.

"A group of unidentified masked men surrounded the monument of Lenin, they lit flares and then tore the statue down," the source noted.

The police said no one had been detained and investigators were working at the site of the incident.

A Hromadske TV correspondent cited a witness who claimed that a group of young people came up to the monument, put iron rope nooses round Lenin's neck, pulled them with arms and the statue fell.

The act was heavy with symbolism, underscoring the protesters’ rage at Russia over its role in the events that first prompted the protests: Yanukovych’s refusal to sign free-trade agreements with the European Union.

To be noted, the monument located on Bessarabska Square downtown Kyiv was erected on December 5, 1946. The statue of Lenin was made of rare polished Karelian quartzite, which was used to build Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow, Russia. The statue was 3.45 meters high and mounted on a cylindrical pedestal, which was 6.8 meters high and 1.88 meters in diameter. The pedestal was made of polished black labradorite placed on a square granite podium. 

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