New Banksy Mural Adorns Destroyed Building in Ukraine: NPR

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A graffiti of a woman in a leotard doing a handstand is seen on the wall of a destroyed building in Borodyanka on Friday in Kyiv region, Ukraine. Banksy then confirmed on his Instagram account that this piece was their work.

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A graffiti of a woman in a leotard doing a handstand is seen on the wall of a destroyed building in Borodyanka on Friday in Kyiv region, Ukraine. Banksy then confirmed on his Instagram account that this piece was their work.

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Anonymous graffiti artist Banksy, known for sending political messages, has unveiled a new mural on a building destroyed by bombing in Ukraine.

Banksy’s work, which the artist posted to Instagram on Friday to 11.2 million followers, features a gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble with her hands. The Instagram post is captioned “Borodyanka, Ukraine”.

Russian forces overran Borodyanka, about 30 miles northwest of Kyiv, earlier this year, and Ukrainian officials said they deliberately shelled civilian areas. Burnt cars, collapsed buildings and power lines lay on the ground in the area after Russia withdrew, NPR reported from the city in April.

Graffiti of a child throwing a man to the ground in judo gear is seen on a wall amid damaged buildings in Borodyanka on Friday.

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Graffiti of a child throwing a man to the ground in judo gear is seen on a wall amid damaged buildings in Borodyanka on Friday.

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Other new murals with a similar style have been spotted in the area and are believed to have been created by Banksy, but the British artist has not publicly claimed credit.

One shows two children using a metal tank trap as a swing, and another shows a young boy knocking over a tall man during a judo match. Some have speculated that the man could represent Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who is known to be a fan of martial arts. Earlier this year, World Taekwondo stripped Putin’s honorary black belt after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Another mural in Irpin, about 15 miles northwest of Kyiv, depicts a young rhythmic gymnast balancing on a hole in the side of a building, waving a ribbon in the air.

On Friday, graffiti of a woman wearing a leotard and neck brace waving a ribbon was seen on the wall of a destroyed building in Irpin.

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On Friday, graffiti of a woman wearing a leotard and neck brace waving a ribbon was seen on the wall of a destroyed building in Irpin.

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Ukraine scored a military victory on Friday after Russia withdrew all of its troops from Kherson, Ukraine. Ukrainian troops retook the town and Ukrainians reportedly hoisted Ukrainian flags on buildings and demolished Russian billboards.

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