Banksy paints a moving mural on a destroyed building in Ukraine


Legendary street artist Banksy appeared to confirm suspicions he was in Ukraine when he unveiled his latest piece on Friday of a mural painted on the side of a damaged building in the beleaguered country.

Banksy posted three photos of the stunning new artwork, which depicts a gymnast, painted in black and white, balancing on her hands among the rubble of the building.

« Borodyanka, Ukraine » is all he wrote in the caption, seeming to indicate where the mural was.

Prior to Banksy’s Instagram post, the famed stealth artist was said to have been in the country after other murals in his iconic style popped up in other parts of the city, The Guardian reported.

A mural, also painted on the side of a destroyed building, shows a young boy knocking Russian President Vladimir Putin onto his back during a judo match.

Banksy posted three photos of the mural.

Another shows children using a tank trap as a swing, according to The Guardian.

Borodyanka, a suburb with a pre-war population of around 13,000 about 30 miles northwest of Kyiv, was the scene of heavy fighting at the start of the Russian invasion.

Banksy artwork appears on damaged building in Ukraine
Borodyanka, Ukraine saw heavy fighting when Russian troops invaded in February.

Drone footage of the city released after the March bombings showed the city’s main street clogged with a dozen destroyed trucks and fires still smoldering skyscrapers.

The town was liberated by Ukrainian forces in April and has since struggled to rebuild.


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