Protesters pull down Lenin monuments in Ukrainian towns
As the atmosphere in Kiev remained tense, symbolic displays of anti-Russian sentiment were seen in many other areas.
Protesters in Bila Tserkva, Khmelnitsky, Zhytomyr in western Ukraine used ropes and crowbars on Saturday to bring down the statues which are seen as a symbol of Moscow's rule across the former USSR.
"We waited for so long to take down this idol. I'm really happy," a man participating in taking down a Lenin statue in Zhytomyr, told the Associated Press news agency.
Another statue was being brought down in the town of Chernihv, north east of Kiev.
In the southern Ukrainian town of Dnipropetrovsk, people were guarding a Lenin monument in order to prevent protesters from taking it down. [AP]