Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Famed graffiti artist Banksy on Friday unveiled a new mural on the side of a destroyed building in Borojanka, a Ukrainian town that was heavily shelled and later occupied by Russian forces in the early days of the war.

The anonymous artist, known for his often political guerrilla-style street art, revealed the new work on social media, but the photos show that there may be other Banksy works in Ukraine that the artist didn’t immediately discover.

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In an Instagram post, Banksy shared photos of the artwork, which depicts a young gymnast performing a handstand while balancing on a pile of concrete rubble.

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Another mural was spotted in Borodjanka in Banksy’s signature spray-painted style, Reuters reported, although the artist did not share the work on social media. The artwork depicts a judo clash between a small child and a man. The child, firmly positioned, flips the larger man over his head – a scene similar to the biblical story of David and Goliath.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, holder of a black belt in judo, is not shy about his public love for the sport. Reuters writes that “the symbolism of the act was unmistakable.”

Graffiti of a child throwing a man to the floor in judo clothes is seen on a wall amid damaged buildings in Borodyanka on November 11 in the Kyiv region, Ukraine.

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In March, Russia targeted the sleepy suburban village of Borodyanka with an array of missiles and powerful FAB-250 bombs, which are designed to destroy large military targets, none of which existed in the small town.

Tall buildings were blown in half by the force of the detonations as Russian forces advanced through the city and towards Kiev. Ukraine’s chief prosecutor Iryna Venediktova reported more than 120 dead and described the situation in Borodyanka as the worst in the region in terms of civilian casualties.

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The video shows the moments after Russian airstrikes hit the Ukrainian village of Borodyanka


Russian soldiers occupied the city for weeks until it was liberated by Ukraine in April. Two hundred buildings were completely or partially destroyed.

A third unconfirmed Banksy work was found on the outskirts of Kiev, near the site of the infamous massacre of hundreds of civilians, the BBC reported. The video, which was spotted in the Irpin district, shows a rhythmic gymnast wearing a neck brace performing with a ribbon. She is balanced on top of a gaping hole in the side of the building.

Graffiti of a woman in a leotard and a neck brace waving a ribbon is seen on the wall of a destroyed building in Irpin on November 11, 2022, in the Kyiv region, Ukraine.

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Irpin is on the doorstep of Kiev and was the site of a deadly Russian occupation in March when forces overran the area. The BBC reports that around 290 civilians have been killed, many shot by Russian forces, during a month of terror in the city’s southwest quarter, witnesses said.

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A fourth unconfirmed work was observed north of Irpin in the settlement of Hostomel in the Kyiv region. The mural shows a person in a dressing gown with hair curlers and a gas mask holding a fire extinguisher. A person stands on top of an abandoned chair and is spray painted on the mustard yellow wall of a destroyed building.

Street art of a person in a house dress, holding a fire extinguisher and wearing a gas mask is painted on the wall of a destroyed building in Hostomel near Antonov Airport on November 12, Kyiv region, Ukraine.

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A fifth potential Banksy mural has been found in Kiev and shows two children sitting on a concrete barricade known as a “hedgehog” used as an anti-tank measure. Children sit at different heights, giving the impression that they are using concrete slabs as a seesaw.

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Street art by two children is painted on concrete blocks in Independence Square on November 12 in Kyiv region, Ukraine. The artwork on the anti-tank obstacles, known as ‘hedgehogs’, gives the impression of children playing on a seesaw.

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Aside from a social media post, the elusive artist has not publicly commented on the multiple artworks scattered across the war-torn country.

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