The 62-metre-high steel figure of a woman holding a shield with the hammer and sickle and a sword, was opened in 1981 as a memorial to Soviet victory in World War II.
Since last month, workers in a cradle suspended from a rail on top of the shield have been gradually cutting off grain and ribbon elements of the Soviet emblem and lowering them on ropes. The whole shield will be replaced with a new one bearing the trident.
Using the imperialist war between NATO and capitalist Russia as a pretext, Ukraine's authorities have proceeded to the removal and demolition of hundreds of Soviet-era monuments and memorials. The same policy has been followed by other reactionary governments, including the ones of Poland and the Baltic states.