Ukraine has taken down 1,320 statues of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin and renamed 51,500 streets in the last year as part of a sweeping transition away from its communist past, the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance said Tuesday.
The country's leadership has been trying to eradicate Soviet and Russian relics. Many of the cases have been controversial, such as renaming the large city of Dnipropetrovsk as Dnipro.
In Kiev, the thoroughfare Moscow Avenue has been renamed in honour of Stepan Bandera, a national hero of resistance against the Soviet Union at the end of World War II but widely regarded as a Nazi collaborator.
Relations between Ukraine and Russia have plummeted to an all-time low in recent years after Kiev ousted its pro-Russian president amid mass protests calling for closer ties with the West.
Moscow responded to the 2014 ouster, which it has denounced as a Western-orchestrated coup, by annexing southern Ukraine's Crimea region - the site of a major Russian naval base - and supporting a pro-Russian separatist rebellion in Ukraine's east.