British street artist Banksy, hailed by Ukrainians as a symbol of their country’s indomitability, painted a mural on a bombed-out building outside the Ukrainian capital.
On Friday night, the world-renowned graffiti artist posted three pictures on Instagram – one of a gymnast performing a handstand in a ruined building in the town of Borodyanka, northwest of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
The caption reads “Borodianka, Ukraine.”
Along with towns like Bucha and Irpin, Borodyanka was hit hard by Russian bombing and became a symbol of the devastation it caused.Since February.
The city was briefly occupied by Russian forces before they withdrew in April.
Oleksiy Savochka, 32, told AFP on Saturday, referring to the graffiti: “It’s a sign that we are not broken.” “And our country will not be broken.”
A number of murals – in the style of Banksy – have appeared in and around Kiev, prompting Ukrainians to speculate that an unidentified street artist may be working in the war-torn country.
Another poetic painting in Borodianka – the origin of which is not confirmed by the artist – shows a small boy throwing a man in a judo uniform to the ground.
The scene may be a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is a martial arts enthusiast.
“He’s a little boy against the old man and he’s lost, he’s already lost,” Ukrainian TV journalist Bogdan Mashay, 30, told AFP.
“It’s unbelievable that Banky is here in Borodianka,” he added.
On the side of a ruined building in Irpin, a third mural – also not authenticated by Banki – shows a gymnast doing a ribbon exercise, though apparently injured and wearing a neck brace.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced on FridayAfter “our” Russia withdrew its troops from the strategic southern city.
Kherson is the first capital to fall since Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine on February 24.