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Ukraine police find Impressionist painting stolen in France

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The 1915 painting

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police have recovered a painting by French Impressionist Paul Signac stolen from a French museum.

Police chief Serhiy Knyazev said the 1915 painting depicting the port of La Rochelle was found in the possession of a man who was arrested in Kiev on suspicion of involvement in a killing.

The painting, estimated to be worth 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million), was stolen from The Museum of Fine Arts in the city of Nancy last May.

Knyazev said Tuesday that several Ukrainians suspected of involvement in the theft were arrested. Police believe that the same suspects could have been involved in the theft of a painting by Auguste Renoir in Vienna last year.

The French ambassador to Kiev, Isabelle Dumont, thanked the Ukrainian police for recovering the painting.

A policeman guards the 1915 painting
A policeman guards the 1915 painting
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, left, and French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont pose for a photo with the 1915 painting
A policeman guards the 1915 painting
The 1915 painting
The 1915 painting "Port of La Rochelle" by Paul Signac, stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France last year, is seen at a briefing in Ukraine's Interior Ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A policeman guards the 1915 painting
A policeman guards the 1915 painting "Port of La Rochelle" by Paul Signac, stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France last year, at a briefing in Ukraine 's Interior Ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A policeman guards the 1915 painting
A policeman guards the 1915 painting "Port of La Rochelle" by Paul Signac, stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France last year, at a briefing in Ukraine 's Interior Ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, left, and French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont pose for a photo with the 1915 painting
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, left, and French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont pose for a photo with the 1915 painting "Port of La Rochelle" by Paul Signac, stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France last year, at a briefing in Ukraine 's Interior Ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A policeman guards the 1915 painting
A policeman guards the 1915 painting "Port of La Rochelle" by Paul Signac, stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France last year, at a briefing in Ukraine 's Interior Ministry in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)