Banksy art appears amid wartime ruins in Ukraine

BORODYANKA, Ukraine (AP) – Amid the ruins of war, art is blooming.

A delicate painting of a gymnast doing a handstand has emerged on the wall of a destroyed building outside Kyiv and appears to be the work of British graffiti artist Banksy.

Banksy posted photos of the artwork in Borodyanka, northwest of the Ukrainian capital, on his Instagram page.

The city was the target of shelling and fighting in the early stages of the Russian invasion, which reduced apartment buildings to charred, bombed-out wrecks.

The mural of the gymnast is in black and white and painted to appear as if she is doing her handstand on the crumpled remains of concrete blocks protruding from the blackened wall. The burned-out, blown-up innards of former apartments tower above her.

Another mural in town – a young boy giving a man a judo throw – also looked like it was Banksy’s, although that wasn’t posted to his Instagram page.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is a judo practitioner.

A Banksy-like painting, also in black and white and again not confirmed by Banksy himself, also appeared on the wall of a war-damaged building in the town of Irpin, on the north-west outskirts of Kyiv.

It shows a rhythmic gymnast doing a pirouette with a ribbon over a gaping hole in the wall. Banksy art appears amid wartime ruins in Ukraine

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