Olga Slavgorodskaya, the so-called Minister of ecology and natural resources of the Russian-occupied Crimea, called the illegal extraction of sand in the ancient town of Artesian (the Leninsky district, the Crimean Autonomous Region - Kara Kuju) a "geological study" and promised to look into the matter.

“What is happening there today is a geological study, as far as we know. We will investigate those facts that are published in the media about the extraction,” she said at a press conference in Simferopol on May 11.

Earlier, the East Crimean Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve reported that the illegal extraction of sand in the Leninsky district destroys the archaeological sites of the ancient settlement and Artesian necropolis.

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