On November 10, 2022, Nataliia Nestor, Deputy Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, paid an official visit to the Ministry of Defence of Luxembourg and held a meeting with the Vice-Prime Minister – Minister of Defence of Luxembourg François Bausch. As part of the visit, 30 portable wireless Artec 3D scanners were handed to the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise (worth more than UAH 1,300 million), high-precision calibration kits and 5-year Artec software licenses Studio for processing and analysis of received 3D data. In addition, as part of the assistance, it is planned to provide 20 military vehicles for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The meeting was attended by the generals of the Ministry of Defence of Luxembourg, Nataliia Anoshina, the temporary chargé d’affaires of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and representatives of the Artec Company Leo.
Luxembourg Defence Minister François Bausch said, “Luxembourg strongly condemns russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine and has made significant efforts to supply Ukraine with military equipment worth 74 million euros, which is more than 16% of Luxembourg’s total defense budget for 2022. However, our assistance is not limited to military equipment. We also support the investigation of war crimes committed by Russia to bring the perpetrators to justice. That is why we provide experts with modern Luxembourg technology, 30 Artec 3D scanners Leo, which will be very helpful in gathering evidence of war crimes”.
Nataliia Nestor, Deputy Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, added that we are talking about equipment for forensic examination. “Forensic experts have a very important mission. Cicero said that the greatest temptation of crime is the expectation of impunity. Moreover, we must do everything possible to prevent such temptations. Every crime must be recorded and the criminal punished. Our forensic specialists work around the clock, documenting evidence and establishing the facts of russian crimes”.
Nataliia Nestor emphasized that the provided modern equipment will allow Ukrainian experts to create highly accurate 3D models of objects and digital copies of all available evidence for international courts. Potential applications for these 3D models include damage assessment, bloodstain pattern analysis, bullet trajectory reports, autopsy documentation, virtual reality (VR) presentations, 3D printed evidence, and more.
“On behalf of the people of Ukraine, together with our team of experts, I want to personally thank Mr. Bausch for the support and help given to us by the people of Luxembourg during this difficult period of our history. The necessary equipment will speed up our victory, increase confidence in our arguments and evidence, and bring the triumph of humanism and justice closer”, Nataliia Nestor concluded.
François Bausch, Minister of Defence of Luxembourg, was presented with an award and a commemorative sign for his support of Ukrainian experts and Ukrainian embroidery.
This visit was widely covered by the mass media of Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany, and Ukraine.