British street artist Banksy has confirmed that he created seven graffiti in Ukrainian cities that were destroyed by the Russian army. The first graffiti, very similar to Banksy's style, was seen on November 10, 2022 in Borodianka. On the same day, a photograph of one of the drawings appeared on the artist's official Instagram. On November 17, 2022, Banksy published a video showing the process of creating his works, a conversation with a local resident of Borodyanka, as well as a comment from a resident of Kyiv about his work.
In the video, Banksy shows the process of creating his graffiti, talking with a local resident of Borodyanka against the backdrop of residential buildings destroyed by the Russian army in the Kyiv region. In the video, we hear "Chervona Ruta" performed by Ukrainian street musicians accompanied by a bandura. At the end of the video, the artist added an unflattering comment from one of the residents of the Ukrainian capital about his work.
Graffiti in Ukraine is Bansky's first public work in 2022, but not the first to be created in support of Ukraine. In March 2022, a reproduction of one of his most famous anti-war works, CND Soldiers, was sold at auction for $106,505. Banksy transferred this money to a children's hospital in Kyiv.
Banksy graffiti in Kyiv, Irpin and Borodyanka were spotted on November 10, 2022. Then everyone wondered: is it Banksy or not? A little later, on Instagram, the artist confirmed the authorship of seven works, including a little boy defeating a male judoka in sparring. The message of this graffiti was immediately interpreted as Vladimir Putin, a big fan of martial arts, being thrown to the floor by an opponent who is smaller than him and, at first glance, weaker in strength.