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Ukraine: Protesters destroy Lenin statue on Day of the Defender of the Fatherland

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Protesters toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Dniprodzerzhynsk on Fatherland Day, Sunday, having overwhelmed a group of citizens who had assembled to protect the monument. February 23rd is observed in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and several other former Soviet republics as Day of the Defender of the Fatherland.

The holiday marks the date of the first draft to the Soviet Red Army in 1918, alongside paying respect to those who served in the Soviet Armed Forces. It is observed as a state holiday in Russia.


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