America returned valuable artifacts taken by Russians to Ukraine
10 axes, swords and daggers were returned to America at a ceremony to repatriate Ukrainian cultural artifacts at the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.
The United States continues to support Ukraine in every way possible in its fight against the Russian aggressor.
Thus, in his speech at the ceremony of repatriation of Ukrainian cultural artifacts at the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas noted that President Biden's words about America's full support against Russia's war of aggression are more than about military support.
"It's also more than emergency food aid and budget bailouts. More than deterring cyberattacks. More than supporting DHS to facilitate the safe movement of people and goods across the Ukrainian border," Mayorkas said.
According to the Minister, as of today the USA has granted asylum to more than 154 thousand Ukrainians.
"Full support also means helping to protect Ukraine's independent identity and its inspiring history from Russian attempts to appropriate and erase both," Mayorkas said in a statement.
In general, valuable artifacts such as axes, swords and daggers were returned to Ukraine.
"For hundreds of years - and in the case of the two swords, more than 2,000 years - they were Ukrainian relics, Ukrainian history on Ukrainian soil," according to the Department of Internal Security. Each artifact was stolen, smuggled from Ukraine to Russia. Shipped by a Russian trader to the United States. Then intercepted at a port of entry in New York. The artifacts were confiscated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and have now been turned over to Ukraine.
In addition, Mayorkas said he hopes that these pieces of history will now also tell the story of the connection between Ukraine and the United States.