A Dutch museum released a statement on Monday that two dozen Dutch Golden Age artworks stolen nearly 11 years ago have been traced to a nationalist militia in Ukraine.
The public announcement by Westfries Museum in Hoorn was made to deter sales of the 24 paintings taken in a burglary on Jan. 9, 2005, along with 70 pieces of silverware, reports ABC News.
In July, the militia reportedly contacted the Dutch embassy in Kiev, first demanding 50-million euros in "ransom" and later a 5 million-euro ($5.4 million) "finder's fee" for the art. The museum says the works are likely valued at no more than 500,000 euros ($540,000) due to damage since the robbery. Museum officials have attempted to work with Ukrainian politicians for the artworks' return.
View images of the stolen works here.