russian occupiers stolen more than 2,000 museum exhibits from Mariupol and transferred to occupied Donetsk
More than 2,000 museum exhibits were stolen or removed from Mariupol and transferred to occupied Donetsk by Russian troops, reported by the Mariupol City Council.
Among the stolen exhibits are original works by Arkhip Kuindzhi and Ivan Aivazovsky, icons, a manuscript scroll of the Torah, the Gospel of 1811 made by the Venetian printing house for the Greeks of Mariupol.
More than 200 medals were also stolen from the Harabet Medal Art Museum.
Currently, the Mariupol City Council is preparing materials for law enforcement agencies to open a criminal case and appeal to Interpol.
In addition to destroying homes, the Russians are destroying cultural monuments.
In March, the occupiers destroyed the building of the Arkhip Kuindzhi Art Museum in Mariupol. There were kept original paintings by world-famous artists. The museum had original paintings by other Ukrainian artists: Ivan Aivazovsky, Mykola Glushchenko, Tatiana Yablonska, Mykhailo Deregus and others.
In addition to the destruction of Mariupol, Russia is preparing a large-scale political provocation with an attempt to attract some Western journalists: the Russian Ministry of Defense is planning a «prestur» for loyal representatives of foreign media on April 28.
Russian occupiers continue to fire on the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, where the Ukrainian military is located. Civilians are hiding in the basement of the plant.
Azov Special Regiment continues to defend Mariupol.