"These paintings are jewels in the collection at the Museum of Verona. Today, this brilliant operation has proven to the world how effectively Ukraine has been combating contraband, including smuggling of works of art, as well as its anti-corruption measures," said Poroshenko.
He noted the total value of the collection, according to the documents provided by the Border Guard Service and the Military Prosecutor’s Office, exceeds 16 million euros at present.
The President asked the leadership of these agencies to make proposals to award the staff who was involved in the operation.
The Head of State has ordered deputy head of the Presidential Administration Kostyantyn Yeliseyev contact the Italian partners and invite experts to authenticate the paintings and agree on formalities relating to their transfer.