Ukraine Releases a Banksy Stamp That Features a Kid Judo Flipping an Older Man Resembling Vladimir Putin

Last fall, Banksy trav­eled to Ukraine and spray-paint­ed a series of murals that offered a sting­ing com­men­tary on the war launched by Vladimir Putin and Rus­si­a’s mil­i­tary forces. Now, to mark the first anniver­sary of the inva­sion, a defi­ant Ukraine has released an offi­cial postage stamp fea­tur­ing one of Banksy’s murals. It depicts a young boy judo flip­ping an old­er man on his back. See­ing that Putain likes to pre­tend that he’s a judo expert (he does the same with hock­ey too), it’s not hard to get the mes­sage here. But just for good mea­sure, the Ukraini­ans dri­ve the point home with a lit­tle short­hand at the bot­tom of the stamp. Trans­lat­ing the Cyril­lic script, it reads “FCK PTN!” And who could dis­agree.

via Hyper­al­ler­gic

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  • David Dzidzikashvili says:

    The Ukrain­ian mil­i­tary and polit­i­cal lead­er­ship have been able to fight the Rus­sians and inflict dev­as­tat­ing & cat­a­stroph­ic strate­gic loss­es on the Russ­ian mil­i­tary. The cap­ture of Kher­son has been the biggest set­back for Putin and the Russ­ian Army, this was the first great­est strate­gic loss. The bat­tle of Bakhmut is the sec­ond great loss for the Rus­sians and it does not mat­ter now if the Wag­n­er ter­ror­ists can take over the remain­der of the city, the Ukraini­ans have strate­gi­cal­ly won this bat­tle too.
    With­in next weeks once the mud­dy ground gets dry and becomes more sol­id, the Ukraini­ans will be able to wage a mas­sive coun­ter­at­tack involv­ing and uti­liz­ing the new­ly deliv­ered west­ern tanks Chal­lenger and Leop­ard 2 tanks and Bradley, Stryk­er, AMX-10 and Marder infantry fight­ing vehi­cles. These bat­tle tanks and vehi­cles have much more supe­ri­or fire­pow­er and high tech options vs. the Russ­ian equip­ment. If Ukraine will have enough num­ber of the tanks and fight­ing vehi­cles, they should be able to start a mas­sive coun­ter­at­tack and lib­er­ate more of its occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries across Don­bass, Luhan­sk and at a lat­er stages Crimea.
    The only strat­e­gy for the want­ed war crim­i­nal Putin now is to keep inflict­ing mas­sive civil­ian ter­ror, casu­al­ties on the Ukraini­ans and keep attack­ing the civil­ian infra­struc­ture to starve them and leave the Ukraini­ans with­out elec­tric­i­ty or water sup­ply. It feels like Putin is uti­liz­ing the usu­al Russ­ian mil­i­tary play­book he used in Geor­gia, Chech­nya, Crimea and Syr­ia: win the war by spilling more civil­ian blood, inflict more civil­ian ter­ror and keep com­mit­ting more war crimes to fur­ther inflict more fear and ter­ror.
    Hope­ful­ly the NATO mem­bers, the US espe­cial­ly will be able to throw in more weapon­ry, espe­cial­ly the F‑16 fight­er jets, hope­ful­ly high­er range MGM-140 ATACMS rock­ets, counter rock­et C‑RAM weapons sys­tems to bet­ter fight the Iran­ian drones and more for air defens­es to counter the Iran­ian drones and bal­lis­tic mis­siles.
    With such phase this war will most like­ly end in 2023 or max­i­mum with Crimea’s lib­er­a­tion with­in few months of the start of 2024. The Russ­ian forces will be also forced to leave Moldo­va, Geor­gian regions of Abk­hazia and Samach­ablo (so called South Osse­tia), Nagorno-Karabakh and Syr­ia. Ukraine will be vic­to­ri­ous and the Rus­sians should be very con­cerned about the fate that awaits after­wards. With the Ukrain­ian vic­to­ry the world will for­ev­er destroy Russia’s impe­ri­al­is­tic ambi­tions, Russ­ian nation­al­ism and this will save future gen­er­a­tions from future wars and peace will def­i­nite­ly fol­low.

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