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 SBU found paintings stolen from Dutch museum 10 years ago

The Security Service of Ukraine has found paintings stolen from a Dutch museum in January 2005.

This was announced today by SBU Chief Vasyl Hrytsak and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at a joint briefing, Censor.NET reports.

Klimkin said that the paintings stolen in the Netherlands many years ago had finally been found. He expressed confidence that this will significantly improve the image of Ukraine on the international arena and will affect the results of the debate held in the Netherlands concerning the referendum on Ukraine's association with the EU.

Hrytsak in turn said it took the Security Service more than four months to find the paintings. The work was carried out simultaneously in 10 regions of Ukraine.

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He noted that some items had been found before the Dutch referendum. According to him, this fact could be a powerful incentive for the Dutch in their support for Ukraine, but President Petro Poroshenko decided not to disclose the information until more stolen paintings were found.

"This afternoon, we got another two paintings from this collection," Hrytsak stated. According to him, not all 24 stolen works have been found but only four masterpieces which will soon be returned to the Netherlands.

The authenticity of one of the paintings, according to Hrytsak, has already been confirmed by experts.

Overall, 24 paintings and jewels with a total value of 10 million were stolen, Hrytsak said.
 
 
 
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