Mariupol City Council Claim Russia Has Looted City's Artistic Treasures
Mariupol City Council have claimed that Russian soldiers have removed important historical artefacts from the besieged Ukrainian city. Alleging they have been removed to the city of Donetsk - within the region of the country they fully occupy they include original works by Arkhip Kuindzhi, who is celebrated for his painting Red Sunset on the Dnieper which is safe in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Another piece included is by Ivan Aivazovsky, a master of marine paintings. Other treasures moved include Ancient icons and a unique handwritten scroll, the Gospel of 1811 which was made by the Venetian printing house for the Greeks of Mariupol as well as more than 200 medals from the Museum of Medallion Art Harabet. Officials plan to initiate criminal proceedings against Russia and have made an appeal to Interpol.