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Defence Intelligence: The occupiers rob museums and private collections in the Kherson region


The Russians take Kherson museums’ property and educational institutions’ art collections to the occupied Crimea. Also on May 12, the Russian military began targeted raids on the homes of local historians, collectors, and antique shops. Everything of the slightest artistic or historical value is forcibly taken away. Information about the availability of collections is provided to them by so-called “civilian experts” from among the collaborators. They also give a preliminary assessment of the value of the exhibits.

According to witnesses, the representatives of the Russian Armed Forces who were involved in the raids do not look like ordinary service members. They are equipped with Western-style clothing and travel in Toyota SUVs. However, they have Russian-made weapons.

Small trucks accompanied by SUVs take valuables out. They are sometimes – accompanied by BBM “Tiger”.