Russia annexed Crimea: Ukraine urges global community not to cooperate with Russian museums

19:00 Jul. 13, 2016

Ukraine urges global community not to cooperate with Russian museums

Aivazovsky National Art Gallery Director Tatyana Gaiduk (L) and Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Aivazovsky National Art Gallery in Feodosia, Russia, May 23, 2016 (Getty Images)

Valuable artefacts transported from annexed Crimea to Russian Museums  

Ukraine's Culture Ministry is outraged that Ivan Aivazovsky's* paintings from the Feodosiya gallery (in Crimea) are being transported to Moscow.

Ukraine calls on the international community to suspend cooperation with Russian museums that exhibit artefacts illegally exported from Kremlin-occupied Crimea, Ukraine's Culture Ministry reports.

Read also Russia's register of Crimea UNESCO heritage sites under the spotlight

"As Russia grossly violates all norms of international law, including those arising from their occupation of part of Ukraine's territories, our state is unable to control preservation of valuable cultural artefacts in the temporarily occupied territories, especially those that are part of Ukraine's State Museum Fund", the Ministry officials say.

"We again emphasize that under Article 5 of the Hague Convention of 1954, the country-invader should make effort to ensure protection and preservation of cultural values of the territory it occupies," said the statement.

The Feodosiya Museum comprises 416 units.

Read also UNESCO refuses to recognize Crimean historic site as part of Russia 

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Monument to Ivan Aivazovsky, Feodosiya Museum, Crimea 

Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.

Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds instead "a renewal of historical justice".

*Ivan Aivazovsky was a Russian Romantic painter. He is considered one of the greatest marine artists in history. Aivazovsky was born into an Armenian family in the Black Sea port of Feodosiya and was mostly based in his native Crimea (source - Wikipedia)

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