MOSCOW: Moscow's occupying authorities in the southern Ukrainian city of Melitopol said Saturday they had brought back a statue of Lenin, seven years after it was taken down following Kyiv's pro-EU revolution, reports AFP.
The Moscow-installed head of the Zaporizhzhia region, Vladimir Rogov, posted a photograph of workers in the city reinstating the tribute to the Bolshevik leader.
Ukraine dismantled Lenin statues across the country after its 2014 revolution overthrew a Moscow-backed regime as part of its de-communisation drive.
It was seen as an effort to break away from Russian and Soviet influence. Moscow condemned the move.
Almost all cities in Russia have a statue of the founder of the Soviet Union in their central squares.
Melitopol fell to Moscow's forces early in their offensive, launched on February 24.