Hammer and sickle on Verkhovna Rada’s gates replaced by emblem of Ukraine

15:29, 03 April 2015
Ukraine
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The Soviet symbol of the hammer and sickle on the gates of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has been taken down and replaced with the coat of arms of Ukraine, the representative of Ukrainian President at the Ukrainian Parliament Stepan Kubiv wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.

Photo from Stepan Kubiv’s Facebook page

"The hammers and sickles on the gates of the Verkhovna Rada have been an eyesore for everyone. Now we will admire the coat of arms of Ukraine," he said.

Symbols and monuments from Ukraine’s Soviet past have been disappearing fast around Ukraine since last year’s mass popular uprising that ousted the pro-Kremlin former president, Viktor Yanukovych.

In particular, statues of Vladimir Lenin have been popular targets for toppling, as public sentiment has turned sharply against all things Soviet in most of the country.

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