The sword was received by Vassili Rožko from Ukrainian culture ministry. At the beginning, the sword was thought to hail from Russia and work was underway to send it back – for which Russia expressed readiness. According to data presented by Kiev, the sword made in 19th or 11th century was found in Volyn Oblast, Ukraine – as also established by expert assessment completed in second half of March.
Viking era sword handed back to Ukraine
A viking era sword was confiscated from a truck driving across Luhamaa border point from Russia into Estonia this March. Yesterday, it was ceremonially returned to Ukrainian state, its rightful owner.