Kyiv Residents Welcome Removal of Soviet-Era Monument

People in Kyiv welcomed the removal of a Soviet-era monument symbolizing Russian-Ukrainian friendship on Tuesday, April 26, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.

On Tuesday, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klichko posted images of a statue being removed and said another sculpture would take longer to disassemble.

Footage captured by RFE/RL show scenes near the People’s Friendship Arch in central Kyiv. Those interviewed by RFE/RL agreed with the removal, with one man saying they should have been taken down “a long time ago.”

“They didn’t do anything good for our people only destruction,” he said, according to a translation provided by RFE/RL. “They hate us,” he added, referring to Russia.

Another local said removing the monuments was the right thing to do. "Russia has violated all the peaceful rights of our citizens,” she said, listing schools and hospitals that have been destroyed since the Russian invasion. “We are disgusted by that, there is no more room for friendship,” she said, according to the translation. Credit: RFE/RL via Storyful

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