The Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts in Kyiv on Monday opened an exhibition "Rescued Treasures of Italy. 17 Paintings from Castelvecchio Museum in Verona."
The exhibition was opened in the presence of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Italian Ambassador to Ukraine Fabrizio Romano and Verona Mayor Flavio Tosi, Interfax-Ukraine agency's correspondent said.
"This exhibition demonstrates the responsible attitude of Ukraine to its cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of other countries," Ukraine's president said during the opening.
Poroshenko also said that these pieces of art would be handed over to Italy in the nearest future.
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Verona Mayor Flavio Tosi said that this event would strengthen cooperation between the two countries at various levels due to the work of the Ukrainian law enforcement officers, the president of Ukraine and Italian law enforcement agencies.
He said that as an expression of gratitude, all Ukrainian citizens would be able to visit Verona museums free of charge.
The museum exhibits 17 paintings, which were stolen from the Museum of Castelvecchio in Verona and found due to the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies in May 2016. The mayor of Verona invited the head of the Ukrainian state to visit his city. "I hope that after this exhibition the president will honor us and visit the city of Verona," Tosi said.
A total of 17 valuable paintings, which were stolen by armed robbers from the Castelvecchio museum in Verona, were detained near the border with Moldova in Odesa region on May 6, 2016.
Art expert analysis of paintings by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens, Jacopo Tintoretto, Antonio Pisanello, Giovanni Caroto, Andrea Mantegna was held on May 7. It was established that the paintings are originals.