Banksy is in Ukraine, it has been revealed after the British artist confirmed his latest work on a destroyed building near Kiev.
The play shows a female gymnast balancing on her hands on the rubble at the bottom of an apartment building completely destroyed by Russian shelling.
It has been speculated that the anonymous graffiti icon was in the war-torn country after a series of murals appeared in the town of Borodyanka, about an hour’s drive northwest of the capital.
A mural showed a man resembling Russian President Vladimir Putin being turned over during a judo match with a little boy.
Another showed two kids using a metal tank trap as a seesaw, while a separate piece in nearby Irpin showed a rhythmic gymnast brandishing a ribbon while wearing a neck brace.
However, the mural Banksy chose to share with his 11.1 million Instagram followers is that of the female gymnast teetering on a damaged building.
The graffiti artist posted three images of the mural on Friday, captioned “Borodyanka, Ukraine.”
Since then, it has received over 1.3 million likes and over 14,000 comments.
The play shows a female gymnast balancing on her hands on the rubble at the bottom of an apartment building in Borodyanka, which has been completely destroyed by Russian shelling.
It was speculated that the anonymous graffiti icon was in the war-torn country after a series of murals appeared in the city, about an hour’s drive northwest of the capital (Pictured: gymnast’s artwork confirmed by Banksy)
Russian soldiers invaded in February this year and occupied the city for weeks before it was liberated in April (Pictured: Destroyed block of flats with artwork by Banksy)
Borodyanka was one of the cities hardest hit by the Russian bombardment at the beginning of the invasion.
Russian soldiers invaded the city in February this year and occupied the city for weeks before it was liberated in April.
Since then, the city has been the center of reconstruction, with several tower blocks demolished as a result of the damage caused by the fighting.
It comes as President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared that the city of Kherson is back in Ukrainian hands after Russia’s withdrawal from the main battlefield – the only regional capital Putin’s forces had captured since the invasion began.
Jubilant residents wept as they kissed and hugged the first Ukrainian soldiers who arrived at the center of the Black Sea port, the first major urban hub to fall to Russia.
A mural in the city shows a man resembling Russian President Vladimir Putin being turned over during a judo match with a little boy. Banksy has not confirmed whether the artwork is his
A rhythmic gymnast waving a ribbon while wearing a neck brace is one of the other works of art near Kiev that has sparked rumors that Banksy was in town. He has yet to claim the piece as his
‘Our people. Ours. Kherson,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram today as footage showed Ukrainian troops gathering with residents of the city to celebrate the historic victory.
Speaking to the Ukrainian people, the president said: “Today is a historic day, we return to the south of our country and return to Kherson.”
He praised the strength and spirit of the Kherson people, who he said “believed in Ukraine” despite the “threats, repression and abuse of the occupier”.
The southern city was liberated today after nine months under Russian occupation, which was a major blow to the Kremlin.
Ukrainian soldiers were greeted like heroes by cheering crowds all day long as they arrived in the city center, with celebrations lasting into the night.
In an emotional video, locals appear to raise a Ukrainian flag on a monument in the city as they support each other and sing together.
People wave a Ukrainian flag in Kiev, the country’s capital, to celebrate Kherson’s liberation on Friday
A woman holds up a slogan that reads ’11/11/2022 Kherson Ukraine’ in Maidan Square, Kiev, to celebrate the city’s liberation
Earlier in the day, young men were filmed triumphant raising a flag in the city’s Freedom Square.
The withdrawal, in the face of an intense Ukrainian counter-offensive, marks Russia’s third major withdrawal in the war.
As news of the city’s recapture rolls in, Ukrainians celebrate across the country.
On videos from Kherson, locals seem to be partying in the streets tonight as they enjoy their first taste of freedom from the Russian occupier since March.
During the celebrations, Mr Khlan said the humanitarian situation there is dire as the occupiers destroyed important infrastructure. “The situation with fuel is difficult and there has been no electricity for a week,” he said. Temperatures reached 3C (37F) yesterday, with frigid weather expected next week.
Nevertheless, victory parades began to break out after it became clear that Russia was no longer in control of the city.
‘Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes,” one man exclaimed in a video circulating on social media, a slogan first used by the country’s military as a salute during Ukraine’s 1917-1921 War of Independence.
Iryna Osadcha, a 30-year-old Kherson resident, said she sobbed when she saw Ukrainian soldiers entering the city. “There are no words to describe my emotions,” she told the Mail. “I want to thank Britain and the whole world for their help and confidence in us.”
Dasha Zarivna, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser who was born and raised in Kherson, said she was “extremely emotional to see Ukrainian flags flying over the city center again.”
“This war only goes one way,” said Miss Zarivna. “The Russian armed forces and the public in general can see that this is becoming a historic humiliation. Hopefully, the retreat from Kherson will force the wiser minds in the Kremlin to find a pragmatic way out of this disaster they’ve fallen into.”