Estonia has decided to remove Soviet-era war monuments from public places
The move is aimed at preventing them "from mobilising more hostility in society and tearing open old wounds" following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the government said.
An iconic T-34 tank in the city of Narva, which borders Russia, was being taken to the Estonian War Museum.
Narva is Estonia's third biggest city, where 97% of its population of about 60,000 people speak Russian.
Estonia regained its independence in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The replica tank was taken from a plinth on Tuesday morning and loaded on to a military trailer ahead of its journey 200km (125 miles) to the west, public broadcaster ERR reported. Authorities said they were restricting public access to the area around the tank as well as other local monuments.
Russia's war in Ukraine is stirring tension in Narva in particular, Estonia fears.
In her statement, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said her government would not "afford Russia the opportunity to use the past to disturb the peace in Estonia".
"Considering the speed of the increasing tensions and confusion around memorials in Narva, we must act quickly to ensure public order and internal security."
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said such monuments had been erected to glorify Russian occupation and had no place in Estonia's public space.
Apart from the T-34 tank, the World War Two cemetery will also be relocated with "a neutral grave marker" - an issue that the government acknowledges may create tensions. Last week, Russia voiced outrage at Estonia's plans.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-62562909