Banksy unveils mural in war-scarred Ukrainian town


Renowned graffiti artist Banksy unveiled a piece in the Ukrainian town of Borodyanka, which had been occupied by Russia till April and closely broken by preventing in the early days of Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour.

Banksy posted a photograph of the mural — a lady gymnast performing a handstand on a small pile of concrete rubble — on Instagram late on Friday.

The work was painted onto the wall of a constructing destroyed by shelling.

At least one different piece of recent graffiti in Banksy’s signature type, though not posted by the mercurial artist on social media, was noticed in Borodyanka, portraying a person being flipped in judo by a a lot smaller little one.

The symbolism of that piece is considered an allusion to the biblical story of David and Goliath, the unlikely triumph of the underdog, in addition to a nod to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s much-publicized love of the Japanese martial artwork.

Graffiti portraying a person being flipped in judo by a a lot smaller little one is seen in Borodyanka on Saturday. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Several curious onlookers got here to see the paintings, a few of whom had made the 60 kilometre drive from Ukraine’s capital metropolis, Kyiv.

“This is such a historic moment for our nation, that individuals like Banksy and different well-known figures are coming right here and exhibiting the world what Russia has executed to us,” mentioned one of many visiting Kyivans, 31-year-old Alina Mazur.


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