8 detained in Ukraine after Banksy mural goes missing

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Artwork later retrieved by authorities in Kyiv after it was removed from the wall of a house destroyed by Russians 

Police in Ukraine have detained eight people for stealing a mural painting made by the British artist Banksy. After a month since the artist posted images of his latest artworks across Ukraine, one of his paintings was cut out from the wall of a house located in the town of Hostomel. 

According to a report by the Guardian on Saturday, December 3, Ukranian authorities said the art work depicting ‘a person in a nightgown and gas mask holding a fire extinguisher’ went missing on Friday.  

“A group of people tried to steal a Banksy mural. They cut out the work from the wall of a house destroyed by the Russians”, said Oleksiy Kuleba, Kyiv governor, the report stated. He added, “All were aged between 27 and 60 years old. They are residents of Kyiv and Cherkasy”.  

Kuleba said that the Ukrainian authorities are now in possession of the art, which is said to be in a good condition. The report also said that all the remain works by Banksy are now under the protection of the police.  

Meanwhile Kyiv Chief of Police, Andriy Nebytov said that the preliminary enquire into the robbery was under way and eight people detained are possibly involved. According to an interview in the report, Nebytov said, “All were aged between 27 and 60 years old. They are residents of Kyiv and Cherkasy, about 200km south-east of the capital”.

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