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11 November 2022, 06:22 PM

Familiar-looking street art appears in ruins of Borodyanka

British photojournalist and reporter Ed Rem, who currently works for Getty Images in Ukraine, took a picture of graffiti in the ruined town of Borodyanka near Kyiv, that resembles the style of the world-famous anonymous artist Banksy. He posted the picture on Instagram on Nov. 10.

Borodyanka was heavily damaged by Russian attacks during the Russian assault on Kyiv Oblast in February and March.

"Graffiti of a child throwing a man on the floor is painted on a wall in a residential area of Borodyanka, a town that was partially destroyed at the start of the conflict,” he wrote.

”I wonder if it might be a Banksy or an imitation?”

He also added an explanation of the likely inspiration for the image:

"Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was a black belt in Judo, was re-moved from his position of honorary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF) in May."

He also reported on the situation in the town:

"Borodyanka was hit particularly hard by Russian airstrikes in the first few weeks of the conflict,” he recalled.

"Electricity and heating outages across Ukraine caused by missile and drone strikes to energy infrastructure have added urgency to preparations for winter."

Images of another graffiti in Banksy’s style have also made the rounds on social media. This time, the art was painted on a concrete block sitting directly behind a tank trap in Kyiv. The image depicts a boy and a girl seemingly playing on the tank trap as if it was a see-saw.

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based street artist, political activist, and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed. Some have speculated that Banksy isn’t a single person, but a collective.

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