Ukraine has accused Russian forces in Melitopol of looting a collection of Scythian gold dating back to the fourth century B.C.
“The orcs have taken hold of our Scythian gold,” Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said, using a derogatory term for Russian soldiers. Fedorov said that the Scythian gold is “one of the largest and most expensive collections in Ukraine.”
“Today we don’t know where they [Russian forces] took it, whether it was hidden or stolen,” Fedorov said.
Mariupol City Council announced on Saturday that the Russian forces also took more than 2,000 unique exhibits from the museums of Mariupol. The stolen exhibits included the Gospel 1811 from the Venetian printing house of Greeks in Mariupol, originally written Torah scrolls, and 200 medals from the Museum of Medallion Art Harabet.
The Mariupol City Council said it has prepared the necessary materials for the initiation of criminal proceedings. An appeal for investigations will also be made to the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
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