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.

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)

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 “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)

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