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Ukraine Live Day 641
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Chief Ukrainian Expert On MH17 Attacked Outside His Home
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Unian reports that the Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Justice Minister, Oleksandr Ruvin, has been attacked outside his home.

Pravda reports that Artyom Shevchenko, press secretary for the Interior Ministry, wrote on his Facebook page today that the attempted killing of Ruvin will be investigated by the main investigative department of the National Police.

Ruvin is currently being guarded in hospital. His injuries are not life threatening.

There are two witnesses to the armed attack, say the police.

Unian adds details about the significance of this attack:

[Ruvin]  is a member of the joint investigation team regarding the crash of Malaysian Boeing, and it was he who represented Ukraine's position of Ukraine at all meetings, exposing manipulations by Russian experts.

"A biochemical analysis of the Russian Buk fragments was made in the Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, as well as an expert examination of all Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles and "air-to-air" missiles, which proved Ukraine's non-complicity in the crime. The Dutch prosecutors follow his examination conclusions. Besides, the investigation activities are continuing – Ukraine will send to the Netherlands a batch of physical evidence in several days," Butusov said.

Ruvin led a group of military and tactical expertise.

"Ruvin made an enormous contribution to the military and tactical expertise, which gave an objective assessment of the death of at least 350 Ukrainian soldiers encircled in Ilovaisk on August 29, 2014. The military tactical expertise on Ilovaisk allows assessing the actions of the General Staff in court, and such court will necessarily take place," he said.

Ruvin was also an expert in the case of IL-76 air crash in Luhansk airport, killing 49 soldiers.

-- James Miller, Pierre Vaux