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Remains Of Journalist Gongadze Identified In Ukraine

Journalist Heorhiy Gongadze in an undated photo
Journalist Heorhiy Gongadze in an undated photo
KYIV -- Forensics experts in Ukraine have confirmed that the fragments of a human skull found last month in Kyiv Oblast are remains of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The skull fragments were found at a site shown to authorities by the former top official of the Ukrainian police, General Oleksiy Pukach, who was arrested on July 22 as a suspect in Gongadze’s murder.

Gongadze's decapitated body was found in Kyiv Oblast in November 2000.

Valentina Telichenko - a lawyer for Gongadze's widow, Myroslava - told RFE/RL that additional DNA tests on the skull fragments would be performed abroad, most likely in the United States.