Banksy graffiti in Kyiv placed under police protection after attempted theft of one work

7 December 2022, 06:39 PM
A wall on which Banksy's graffiti was painted (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

A wall on which Banksy's graffiti was painted (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Six of the seven Kyiv-based graffiti artworks of famed British street artist Banksy have been placed under police protection, while another removed in Hostomel has been recovered and is being kept in a police office, Kyiv regional Governor Oleksiy Kuleba says.

Kuleba told news outlet Ukrainian News on Dec. 7 that police had recovered one of the UK artist’s graffiti works, which was recently cut from a wall by a group of thieves in Hostomel.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Kyiv regional military administration, together with representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, are consulting regarding the storage and further fate of this graffiti.

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“I would like to emphasize that Banksy’s works in Kyiv Oblast are being protected by the police,” Kuleba said.

“After all, these images are a symbol of our struggle against the enemy. These are stories about the support and solidarity of the entire civilized world with Ukraine. We’ll do everything to preserve the works of street art as a symbol of our future victory.”

Earlier the police detained eight people suspected of cutting Banksy graffiti off a wall in Hostomel.

Banksy visited Ukraine and created seven graffiti in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast. Most of them were painted on the ruins of buildings that were destroyed by Russian invaders in February-March 2022.

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