Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The identification of the victims of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 air crash is expected to be completed in mid-July, at the earliest.

"Our estimation is that all remains will be fully identified in mid-July," Head of the Russian Forensic Team Prof Andrey Kovalev said here on Saturday.

"All forms of the smallest particles from the victims` remains will be identified," Kovalev said.

To assist in the identification process, the Russian government sent 17 chemicals used in such investigations on Saturday.

"We provided the chemical reagents at the request of the Indonesian Police for the identification process," Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Alexander Ivanov said at Halim Perdanakusuma air force base, east Jakarta, Saturday.

The chemical reagents include AmpFISTR Human Identifier Plus, Human DNA Quantification Kit, Minifier Kit, POP 4, and Gene Scan 500 LIZ.

The Russian government paid for the cost of the reagents, worth US$700,000, according to officials.

The Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into Mount Salak, Bogor District, West Java Province, on May 9 while on a demonstration flight with 45 people on board, which included eight Russians and 45 Indonesians. There were no survivors.(*)

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