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22 November 2022, 06:00 PM

Banksy’s graffiti in Kyiv complemented by Cossack and condom

One of the two Kyiv-based graffiti artworks believed to be the work of famed British street artist Banksy has undergone some change, after unknown individuals added a Cossack cartoon character and a condom to the piece, photographer Vlad Sodel reported on Facebook on Nov. 21. 

For this work, Banksy appears to have incorporated the existing graffiti of a penis, having turned it into a nuclear warhead loaded by Russian soldiers onto the back of an armored truck marked with with the Russian Z icon.

The unknown artists apparently decided that the drawing was incomplete and added a Cossack and a condom onto the truck. The Cossack is stylized as a character from the eponymous Ukrainian cartoon series, and is depicted wounded with a military helmet on his head.

"After improvement," Vlad Sodel said, commenting on his photo of the updated graffiti.

The opinions of Ukrainians on the "improvement" of Banksy's drawing were divided, with heated discussions unfolding on social media.

"Banksy's work was slightly improved by Ukrainian artists,” one social media user wrote.

“And what does the community say? As for me, it resembles desecration of the great paintings," another noted.

In the comments, user reactions often highlighted that the changes to allegedly Banksy’s graffiti represent the “rules of the game” for street artists.

This graffiti is located on Velyka Zhytomyrska Street in the center of Kyiv. Another graffiti attributed to Banksyy in the Ukrainian capital can be found on the city’s central square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Another five Banksy works have been located in the towns of Irpin, Hostomel, Borodyanka, and Horenka.

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