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Dutch experts confirmed authenticity of stolen paintings found in Ukraine

Photo: Security Service of UkraineExperts from the Netherlands having examined paintings by Dutch artists of the 17-18th centuries found by SSU in April this year, confirmed the authenticity of the four works of art, Evropeijskaya Pravda.

The press service of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) reported: "During the examination of museum a director Ed Hyrdynk and an art expert Ronald de Jager confirmed the authenticity of the four paintings and thanked the Security Service for the return of works of art.

"Members of the Main Investigation Department of the SSU and representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office were present at the examination," it goes in a statement.

A collection of 24 paintings and 70 silver items that were the staple of the 17-18th century collection disappeared on January 9-10, 2005 from Westfries Museum in Horn (Netherlands).

The paintings, which were stolen in 2005 ended up in the hands of the Ukrainian armed forces, according to the museum management.

The representative of the museum Arthur Brand said that a collection of 24 paintings was stolen by the Ukrainian volunteers battalion, who tried to bargain canvases for €50mln.

On April 14, 2016 SSU reported of the discovery of four paintings that were stolen in January 2005 from a Dutch museum.
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