Iranian President regrets his military shot down Ukrainian Boeing: Perpetrators will be prosecuted

Source : 112 Ukraine

Rouhani called the “mistake” that caused the tragedy “unforgivable,” and promised that the perpetrators would be identified by the investigation
11:43, 11 January 2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani regrets that missiles launched by his army “by mistake” led to the crash of the Ukrainian plane in Tehran. Rouhani posted that on Twitter.

"Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people," - said Rouhani.

He called the “mistake” that caused the tragedy “unforgivable,” and promised that the perpetrators would be identified and prosecuted.
Iranian Armed Forces General Staff confirmed that Ukrainian Boeing 737 was hit by a missile launched by the military center of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. This was reported by Iran International news agency.
"In critical circumstances, after rocket attacks on an American base in Iraq, the 2nd flight of Ukrainian Airlines flew out of Tehran Khomeini Airport and ... completely approached the IRGC's sensitive military center and was (identified - ed.) the enemy’s target", the message reads.

The Iranian armed forces consider the “human error” to be the reason for the downing of the Ukrainian plane by a military missile.
Related: Iran grants Ukraine with access to Boeing 737 black boxes, - Ukraine’s MFA

As is known, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS752 with 176 people aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport. No one, including 11 Ukrainians survived the tragedy.

The aircraft was on its way from Tehran to Kyiv. The crash took place soon after the takeoff. Iranian media reported that, quoting the airport administration. The officials said that the reason for the crash was a "technical malfunction" of the plane's engine. The Ukrainian air company that owned the aircraft denied that there was such a malfunction; a pilot's mistake was ruled out, too. Initially, Iran denied that any claims of the plane being shot down by a missile made no sense. Later, the government and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps recognized that the aircraft was downed by a missile, as the country's anti-aircraft defense systems were on high alert. Tehran expressed its deepest condolences to al those who lost their loved ones in the disaster.

Related: Ukraine's Security Service considers two priority versions of plane crash in Iran

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