British graffiti master Banksy painted graffiti on the exterior wall of a building in Hostomer in November.

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[Compilation Guan Shuping/Comprehensive Report] British street graffiti master Banksy has left graffiti works in many war-torn ruins in Ukraine. Dig tried to steal the graffiti, but was caught red-handed.

Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba (Oleksiy Kuleba) pointed out on the 2nd that a group of gangsters dug up a plaster plate of a wall in a building in Hostomel (Hostomel) in the state because there was a painting drawn by Banksy on the wall. A graffiti depicting a woman wearing a gas mask and holding a fire extinguisher against a charred wall.

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Kuleba said that the group of people were caught on the spot, and the graffiti wall that was almost stolen was successfully retrieved. The graffiti paintings were intact and had been handed over to the police for safekeeping.

The police also released photos of the scene, showing that a piece of the building's wall was dug away, exposing the brick wall below.

Banksy, whose works are worth millions of dollars in the art market, has also confirmed that he left graffiti in Khorstomel and six other war-damaged locations in Ukraine last month.

"After all, these images are a symbol of our struggle against the enemy ... We will do everything we can to preserve these pieces of street art as a symbol of our victory," Kuleba said.

The exterior wall of a building with Banksy graffiti in Hostomel, Ukraine, was seen on December 2. After being dug away, the brick wall was exposed.