Ukraine is on the brink of civil war.
Fearing that their country could one day align closer with Vladimir Putin’s Russia and not with the European Union, Ukrainians have taken to the streets in protest.
The state tried to outlaw public demonstrations, but the people refused to obey.
The Ukrainian people flooded the country’s capital, Kiev, in numbers too great for government forces to repel. Deadly clashes between protesters and government forces soon followed.
Fighting in Kiev has claimed dozens of lives and injured hundreds more. The unrest continues.
The West looks on, trying to make sense of the situation, as inspiring and terrifying images of the events in the shaken country continue to find their way online.
The following video, which was uploaded Friday to YouTube, shows Ukrainians banding together to tear down statues of Russia’s Vladimir Lenin:
And as a point of reference, the following chart claims to identify 16 spots where Ukrainian demonstrators destroyed monuments to Lenin — and all in one day:
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