Ukraine's Banksy stamps feature art of Putin in judo match

a recently released postage stamp from Ukraine that features a piece of graffiti art by UK artist Banksy. Image: F...

To commemorate the first anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, Ukraine has released postage stamps with a mural by renowned UK graffiti artist Banksy.

In a judo match with a young boy, the mural shows a man who resembles Russian President Vladimir Putin being flipped.

The original artwork was found on a home in the Ukrainian town of Borodyanka that was destroyed by Russian shelling.

On the stamps, a sentence with a shortened expletive directed at the Russian president has been added.

Mr. Putin is a fan of judo and a black belt in the discipline.

Many Ukrainians interpret Banksy's mural as a metaphor for their country's fierce defense against the Russian invasion, which got under way on February 24, 2022.

On Friday, lines were seen in Kyiv as people rushed to purchase the new stamps from the city's main post office, Golovpostamt.

Maxime, 26, told the AFP news agency, "It's a very cool gesture for the world to understand Ukraine, that we remain in the spotlight.".

She continued, expressing her happiness at finding a "first stamp from one of Banksy's works.".

In a number of Ukrainian towns that have been among the worst affected by the ongoing war, Banksy has painted murals on buildings.

In the early days of the invasion, Russian troops captured Borodyanka. Ukrainian authorities asserted that Russian forces had committed widespread war crimes in the town after it was retaken in the spring.

This came after mass graves containing hundreds of Ukrainian civilians' bodies were found nearby Kyiv. Some of them had their hands bound and appeared to have taken close-range shots.

Without providing any supporting documentation, Russia claims that Ukraine staged the killing of the civilians.

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