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Graffiti artist Banksy reveals painting in war-torn Ukraine

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World-renowned graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest artwork on a shelling-damaged building in Ukraine.

Shared on Instagram, the graffiti depicted a gymnast performing a handstand in the Ukrainian city of Borodyanka, one of the places that faced severe Russian shelling and strikes.

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Similar murals have been spotted across Ukraine and shared on social media, although it has not been confirmed by Banksy.

A second piece not confirmed by Banksy, also in Borodyanka, depicts a man resembling Vladimir Putin being thrown on his back during a judo match with a young boy.

Art on a building in Ukraine. (Twitter)
Art on a building in Ukraine. (Twitter)

The Russian president is reportedly a judo black belt and is known to admire martial arts.

A third painting, also unclaimed but reminiscent of Banksy’s work was spotted in Irpin, another Ukrainian town devestated by shelling.

The painting depicted a dancer jumping over a gaping hole on the side of a building, performing with a neck brace.

Art on a building in Ukraine. (Twitter)Art on a building in Ukraine. (Twitter)
Art on a building in Ukraine. (Twitter)Art on a building in Ukraine. (Twitter)

The Bristol-born artist, who keeps his identity a secret, is known for his political and social graffiti work.

Works by Banksy, known for their distinctive style, irreverent humor and thought-provoking themes, have been found on walls, buildings and bridges from the West Bank to post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

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