A piece of deer-shaped jewellery from Crimea, as seen Dec. 14, 2016.
Allard Pierson Museum via AP
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A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014 should go back to Ukraine. Four Crimean museums launched a joint legal bid in November 2014 to force the Allard Pierson Museum to return the historic collection of archaeological artifacts, displayed in the exhibition "The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea". Crimea was at the crossroads of ancient trade routes and the rich collection of items spanning the second century B.C. to the late medieval era was loaned to the Amsterdam museum less than a month before Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 .
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