But it’s sparked criticism from the Ukrainian community in Australia, who say it inaccurately depicts both soldiers are equally culpable in the war.
The mural has sparked great anger among Australia’s Ukraine community, calling for the artwork to be removed. Credit: CTO Art
Ukraine’s ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko said it was “disappointing” that community members in Melbourne were not consulted before it was approved.
“The painter has no clue about the RU invasion of Ukraine and it is disappointing to see it done without consulting the Ukrainian community in Melbourne,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It endorses Russia’s actions and enforces on Ukraine an obligation to accept attempts to destroy it.”
“I’m going to paint over it. Quite happy to do a video about it today,” he said in a statement on Sunday.