Banksy, the elusive street artist, created a new mural in Ukraine depicting a gymnast on a building damaged during conflict with Russia
- Banksy created a mural of a gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble in Borodyanka, Ukraine.
- The town outside Kyiv was invaded and damaged by Russian shelling in the early months of the war.
Street artist Banksy created a mural on a Ukrainian building that was left damaged by Russian shelling, according to BBC.
The elusive artist left his impression of a gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble, sharing a picture of it on his Instagram with a caption of its location in Borodyanka, some 35 miles outside of Kyiv.
The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and surrounding regions have been some of the hardest hit by the Russian invasion. Russian troops occupied Borodyanka for weeks when the war began in February until Ukraine took the town back in April, according to BBC.
Two other artworks resembling Banksy's style were spotted in the Kyiv region, though they have not been confirmed to be his pieces, per BBC.
In Borodyanka, one mural depicts an older man being flipped by a young boy in a judo match. According to BBC, the older man appears to resemble Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is a judo black belt.
A third piece in Irpin, which sits between Borodyanka and Kyiv, depicts a gymnast wearing a neckbrace and twirling a ribbon, the BBC reported.
Residents fled the town in March during a bout of Russian shelling, which one Ukrainian official said was "100% targeting civilians." Ukraine had reclaimed Irpin by the end of March but had lost some 200-300 citizens.
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