Ukrainian nationalists vandalize Soviet-era monument in Kiev

Published April 13, 2018, 8:43 PM

by Roel Tibay

By the Associated Press

Ukraine’s hard-line nationalists have vandalized a monument to a Soviet military officer and engaged in scuffles with army veterans and other opponents.

An ultra-right activist pours red paint on the Soviet-era monument to General NIkolai Vatutin in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky/ MANILA BULLETIN)
An ultra-right activist pours red paint on the Soviet-era monument to General NIkolai Vatutin in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Activists of the Right Sector group splashed red paint Friday on the monument to Nikolai Vatutin, a Soviet Army general killed during WW II. They also engaged in scuffles with Soviet army veterans and supporters of an opposition party who attempted to lay flowers at the monument in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

Police moved in to end the brawl, detaining one person.

Many Soviet-era monuments have been torn down in Ukraine following the 2014 ouster of a Russia-friendly former president, while others have caused controversy.

Russia and Ukraine have remained in a tug-of-war after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

 
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