Ukraine passed to Netherlands paintings stolen in 2005

Source : 112 Ukraine

"Dutch pictorial art masterpieces shouldn't only please the eye of separate thieves, but of the whole mankind," - said Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko
16:59, 16 September 2016

Ukraine passed to the Netherlands the paintings found after the theft in 2005. 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasted the event, which took place in the Dutch embassy in Kyiv.

"It is a pleasure to see the result of your work personally. First, I would like to congratulate the Security Service of Ukraine, which was able to return these paintings back after a 10-months-investigation of the 10-year-old theft. We see now the Dutch masterpieces, famous throughout the world - shouldn't only please the eye of separate thieves, but of the whole mankind. We are happy to be involved in returning of the paintings," - said the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko.

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"I am pleased to be in this embassy not with the tragic mission of laying memory flowers to the victims of the downed airliner, not with the purpose of cooperation with the Office of the Prosecutor General of Holland in this tragic case. There is a great opportunity to give beauty and save the world, which happens not so often. We will be happy to do this kind of our work," - he added.

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported that they interviewed and questioned about 150 people, held several operational extremely complicated combinations and got these paintings. Some of them were in the east of Ukraine.

"This is only a part of the paintings. We hope, that the rest will be returned in the same successful way. So it is illogical to reveal the source and mechanisms of obtaining these pictures yet," - Lutsenko said.

As it was reported, 24 paintings and 7- silver antiquities worth almost 10 million euros were stolen from the museum of Horn (Netherlands) in 2005.

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