Censor.NET reports citing the president's Twitter.
"17 most valuable paintings by Rubens, Tintoretto, Pisanello, Caroto and Mantegna, heisted from Verona Museum have been saved as a result of a successful operation conducted by border guards and officials of military prosecution. Concerted actions of the law enforcers show Ukraine's efficient struggle against smuggling and corruption," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.
"These paintings are the stars of the Verona Museum. Today, this brilliant operation reminds the world about the efficient struggle of Ukraine against smuggling and corruption, inter alia, smuggling of works of art," the president's press office quoted Petro Poroshenko as saying.
"We have not only preserved the global value of these paintings, but also reaffirmed Ukraine's prestige by such efficient actions," the president said urging the leadership of those institutions to submit proposals on awarding the officials involved in the given operation.
The head of state expressed gratitude for the fact that all officials had complied with secrecy regime and prevented any leak of information, which could have resulted into the change of route of those paintings.
The president noted that the overall cost of that collection, according to the documents provided by the border guard service and military prosecution, exceeded EUR 16 million.
Petro Poroshenko instructed Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yelisieiev to contact with Italian partners and invite experts to authenticate paintings and settle all formalities regarding their handover.
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