Ukrainian nationalists vandalize Soviet-era monument in Kiev

An ultra-right activist is sprayed with tear gas during clashes with pro-Russian supporters, at the Soviet-era monument to General NIkolai Vatutin in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 13, 2018. Activists of the Right Sector group on Friday splashed red paint on the Soviet-era monument to Nikolai Vatutin, a Red Army general who died in fighting during WW II. They also engaged in scuffles with supporters of an opposition party who attempted to put flowers to the monument in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine's hard-line nationalist activists have vandalized a monument to a Soviet military officer and scuffled with opponents

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's hard-line nationalists have vandalized a monument to a Soviet military officer and engaged in scuffles with army veterans and other opponents.

Activists of the Right Sector group splashed red paint Friday on the monument to Nikolai Vatutin, a Soviet Army general killed during WW II. They also engaged in scuffles with Soviet army veterans and supporters of an opposition party who attempted to lay flowers at the monument in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

Police moved in to end the brawl, detaining one person.

Many Soviet-era monuments have been torn down in Ukraine following the 2014 ouster of a Russia-friendly former president, while others have caused controversy.

Russia and Ukraine have remained in a tug-of-war after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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