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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev Asks Why Memorial Was Moved

KIEV -- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry on Friday demanded an explanation from Russia over the removal of a monument to a World War II pilot.

The monument to Vasyl Poydenko in the Moscow region town of Aprelevka was pulled down earlier in the week. The monument, a stylized pair of broken wings about 5 meters across, was taken down as part of a project to widen the Moscow-Kiev highway but will be re-erected after the construction is completed, Russian officials said.

The Ukrainian ministry's note demanded that Russia state its official position on the monument.

A decision by Estonia to relocate a war monument last month sparked days of clashes in Tallin and a sharp condemnation from Russia. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said Friday that it was up to Moscow to ease tensions: "If relations will improve, then 90 percent of it is up to Moscow."

AP, Reuters