March 20, 2023

The stamp relies on a Banksy mural depicting a younger boy defeating a grown man in a judo bout.

Ukraine has issued a postage stamp based mostly on a Banksy mural depicting a younger boy defeating a grown man in a judo bout as they marked the anniversary of Russia’s invasion,

The British artist confirmed the mural, together with a number of others in bombed-out components of Ukraine, was by him in November – with critics pointing to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s love of the game because the inspiration.

“We thought that this precise stamp, this precise portray can be the very best illustration of what each Ukrainian feels about our enemy,” the top of the Ukrainian Postal Service, Ihor Smilianskyi, mentioned earlier than postmarking the primary stamp.

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A person exhibits block of stamps on the foremost put up workplace in the course of the presentation of a brand new Ukrainian stamp with an image of a Banksy mural [Sergei Supinsky AFP]

Native resident Nataliia Hrebeniuk hailed the stamp’s symbolism.

“I feel the boy is a logo of a small Ukraine which defeats the large man, Russia. It is very consultant of the scenario,” she advised Reuters.

Putin says he’s battling the mixed may of the West in what he now depicts as a combat for Russia’s survival. Kyiv says there could be no peace till Russia withdraws from its territory.

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