Ukraine has returned to Italy the 17 paintings, stolen by Moldovan citizens from a Museum in Verona in November 2015 and found in 2016 by the Ukrainian authorities. The information was made public by the spokesperson of the President of Ukraine, Svyatoslav Tsegolko on his Twitter account, independent.md informs.

"The President will participate in the transmission to the museum of Verona of the 17 paintings, discovered by the Ukrainian authorities," Tsegolko wrote.

Recall that on March 18, 2016, 11 Moldovan citizens were detained on suspicion of stealing paintings from a museum in Verona, Italy.

The perpetrators immobilized two guards and stole 17 paintings, including paintings by Rubens, Tintoretto, Pisanello, Mantegna and Caroto. The total value of stolen art pieces is estimated at about 15 million.

The theft was committed in November 2015.

In May 2016, the Ukrainian authorities found the paintings in Odessa region.

On November 3, 2016, some Moldovans involved in the robbery of the paintings were sentenced to imprisonment in Italy. The rest of the perpetrators were to be tried in Moldova.  

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