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Protesters pull down Lenin statue in Ukraine

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Protesters have pulled down one of the biggest statues of communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine.

Hundreds of nationalists cheered and danced around as the monument came crashing down in the country's second-largest city, Kharkiv.

Lenin is considered by many Ukrainians as an undesired link to Moscow.

The tearing down of the memorial is said to be supported by Kiev officials.

After it fell most people in the crowd rushed to the ruins to collect a small piece of the once powerful symbol to take home.

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