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Ukraine asks Iran to punish those responsible for shooting down passenger aircraft

Ukraine asks Iran to punish those responsible for shooting down passenger aircraft
January 11
14:57 2020
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Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelensky says Iran must bring those responsible for bringing down the Ukrainian passenger plane to justice.

Speaking via Twitter, Zelensky said Iran is expected to issue an official apology, return all dead bodies and pay compensation.

The president added that investigation into the crash must also be open and done without delays.

“This morning brings the truth,” Zelensky said.

“Ukraine insists on a full admission of guilt. We expect Iran to bring those responsible to justice, return the bodies, pay compensation and issue an official apology. The investigation must be full, open & continue without delays or obstacles.”

Iran had admitted it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane on Wednesday. The aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran’s airport, killing all 176 people on board.

The incident occurred after Iran launched missiles that hit two air bases of US forces in Iraq.

The attack was a response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Quds Force, by a US drone strike last Friday.

Iran had earlier denied shooting down the plane but US officials said the country mistakenly shot down the aircraft.

In a statement, the Middle East country blamed its action on “human error”.

It said the plane was mistaken for a “hostile target” because it flew near a sensitive area.

“A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces,” Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign affairs minister, said.

“Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.

“Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”

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