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Rallying Ukrainians topple Lenin’s statue

Offices blocked; charges threatened

Posted: December 9, 2013 at 2:04 a.m.

An anti-government protester smashes the statue of Vladimir Lenin with a sledgehammer in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Anti-government protesters have toppled the state of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin in central Kiev amid huge protests gripping Ukraine. The chaotic protest further raised tensions in the Ukrainian capital. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

KIEV, Ukraine — Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, toppling a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and blockading key government buildings in an escalating standoff with the president over the future of the country.

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