The Netherlands wait for results of the Ukraine-led investigation in the case of paintings stolen from the Dutch museum and found on a rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine. Kees Klompenhouwer, the Dutch Ambassador to the country, said this at a briefing in Kyiv on January 28 (UNN).
“We sent an official inquiry to Ukraine, asking the Ukrainian authoritative bodies to investigate the case. We’re waiting for the results”, Klompenhouwer said.
Previously, in December 2015, Ukraine's National Police reported it had found 24 Dutch paintings, stolen in 2005 from the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, the Netherlands. They are currently kept in eastern Ukraine, in an area controlled by Russia-backed militants. As of the moment of theft, the paintings were worth 10 million Euros in total.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov confirmed that Ukraine is in close contact with the Netherlands on the issue of the stolen paintings. "Some paintings identified as those from the stolen Dutch collection were found in a private house in Donetsk region of east Ukraine, and there were attempts to sell them on the black market. We are working on the issue", he said.
The Foreign Ministry added that Ukraine developed the strategy of actions regarding this case, and it was agreed with the Netherlands. The collection is to be shipped back to the Dutch museum.