Scuffles Break Out After Ukraine's Azov Battalion Destroys Lenin Statue in Odessa

Scuffles broke out in the southern Ukrainian town of Lymanske, Odessa, on April 22, after members of the country’s volunteer Azov battalion destroyed a monument of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. The destruction of the statue coincided with the 146th anniversary of Lenin’s birth.

In footage uploaded to YouTube on April 23, Azov battalion members are seen tying a cord, which is already attached to a minivan, around the head of the Lenin statue. The minivan then proceeds to pull the head and shoulders off the monument, allowing it to crash to the ground.

Locals begin to argue with the soldiers until a scuffle breaks out and a police officer is forced to intervene. Credit: YouTube/Azov Battalion