November 15, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Tara Subramaniam, Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Mike Hayes, Jack Guy and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Updated 7:07 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022
2 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
12:23 a.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Banksy confirms 7 new murals in Ukraine

From CNN's Sophie Tanno and Jacqui Palumbo

Graffiti at the wall of a destroyed residential building in Hostomel on Sunday.
Graffiti at the wall of a destroyed residential building in Hostomel on Sunday. (Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

Three days after Banksy debuted his latest mural on Instagram, spray painted on the wall of a bombed building in the city of Borodianka, Ukraine, the anonymous street artist confirmed that he completed seven new works in Ukraine in total.

Banksy confirmed the news to The Art Newspaper after a series of murals suspected to be his appeared in the liberated Ukrainian city, which is located about 35 miles northwest of Kyiv. Other works are located in ​​the capital and other cities in the region.

The first artwork to be identified, which went viral over the weekend, shows a female gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble on the side of a building damaged by Russian strikes.

The graffiti artist posted three images of the piece Friday on social media, with a simple caption reading "Borodyanka, Ukraine" — an alternative spelling for the town's name.

Read more here.

7:30 p.m. ET, November 14, 2022

Wagner Group boss and Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin applauds murder of former fighter

From CNN's Katharina Krebs, Tim Lister and Josh Pennington

Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose Wagner Group is heavily involved in the fighting in Ukraine, has applauded a video in which a former member of the group is brutally murdered.

The video surfaced over the weekend on the Grey Zone Telegram channel, which frequently showcases the activities of mercenary fighters of the Wagner Group, which is accused of war crimes in Africa, Syria and Ukraine.

It showed a member of the group who had deserted and gone over to the Ukrainian side being murdered with a sledgehammer. The man is named (and names himself in the video) as Yevgeny Nuzhin.

Prigozhin was asked on his Telegram channel about the killing. Without directly acknowledging that Wagner fighters had carried out the murder, he said: “Nuzhin betrayed his people, betrayed his comrades, betrayed them consciously. He was not taken prisoner, nor did he surrender. Rather, he planned his escape. Nuzhin is a traitor.”

“Russian people can smell betrayal — it’s genetic. Hence the comments on social networks,” said Prigozhin, referring to some positive responses to the killing.

In a separate Telegram post Prigozhin called the video “an excellent director’s work.”

Read more here.