Zelensky’s address was announced after consultations with a group of Ukrainian experts who work on the site of the tragedy, and with international partners and after a telephone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
"In these difficult days, I want to say the following. I will return all the deceased to their families. They will be able to say goodbye to them. We honor their memory. All those guilty will be punished,” Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukrainians after a telephone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Ruhani.
As it was reported earlier, Boeing 737 of Ukraine's International Airlines, flight PS 752 with 176 passengers aboard crashed in Tehran, not far from Imam Khomeini airport.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed his regret that missiles launched by his army “by mistake” led to the crash of Ukrainian plane in Tehran.
"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 a “mistake” that caused the tragedy “unforgivable,” and promised that the perpetrators would be identified and prosecuted.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky responded to Iran’s statement about a missile strike at Ukrainian Boeing 737, demanding to bring those responsible to justice, return the bodies of the dead and pay compensation for the catastrophe.
I just had a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Ruhani.
He makes his official apology to the entire Ukraine and relatives of those deceased and admits the fact that Iran had shot down a Ukrainian Boeing-737.
Now I want and finally be able to tell you in detail about all the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, beginning from the tragic morning of January 8.
Immediately after the plane crash, the emergency response center of the National Security and Defence Council has been created and began its work.
The ambassador and consul of Ukraine in Iran arrived at the scene at Imam Khomeini International Airport.
An extraordinary government meeting was held to decide to create and deploy a search and rescue group to Iran.
It included 45 experts from the State Aviation Service, the National Bureau of Aviation Investigation and Civil Incidents, representatives from the National Security Council, Security Service of Ukraine, State Emergency Service, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ukrainian International Airlines.
We have sent country's best specialists with extensive expertise.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine appealed to Iran, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to create an international investigative team.
On January 9, at 3:30, our search and rescue team arrived in Tehran and began working on the site of the disaster in 2 hours.
I had a conversation with the President of Iran regarding a clear and full interaction with our experts. They got access to fragments of the aircraft, flight recorders, radar records and flight operations officers at the flight control center.
In the morning of January 9, the Secretary of the National Security Council voiced 4 major versions, including the possibility of a Ukrainian plane being hit by a missile.
For prompt identification of the bodies, the DNA tests of the relatives were taken. including the relatives of a flight attendant, who reside on the temporarily occupied territory.
I had consultations with our international partners - the Prime Ministers of Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Presidents of Iran and Afghanistan, and have underlined the need for joint actions to investigate the circumstances of this tragedy.
Earlier this evening, statements from US, Canadian and UK leaders about the alleged downing of Ukraine's Boeing were aired.
We urged all our international partners to provide data that would confirm this version.
We worked systematically, without hysteria for one thing - to achieve the result, specifically to find out the truth about the circumstances of the plane crash.
On January 10, I had a conversation with Secretary of State of the United States of America Michael Pompeo, I also had a meeting with US Chargé d'Affaires in Ukraine Christina Quinn who provided me with important and useful for investigation information.
Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Melinda Simmons also provided important information.
I want to мspeak in praise about the work of Ukrainian experts in Iran.
They have worked and continue to work dedicatedly, diligently and night and day. Their high professionalism and promptness, convincing preliminary findings and evidence found in Tehran did not allow to hide the truth.
And today the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran has acknowledged the fact of the crash of the Ukrainian plane and admitted their fault in the plane crash.
Undoubtedly this is also due to the support of international partners and the stubborn position of the international community. For this I express my sincere gratitude to the leaders of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, other countries, international organizations - on behalf of the Ukrainian people.
Now a group of Ukrainian experts is continuing their work.
A series of steps still needs to be taken to complete the investigation.
They are currently trying to restore the plane.
Returning to the conversation with the President of Iran.
We agreed that he shall order to finish identifying the bodies of those deceased and prepare them to be returned to Ukraine as soon as possible in cooperation with Ukrainian experts.
This should happen in the nearest future.
We also agreed to start working on deciphering two aircraft cockpit voice recorders.
We have agreed on full legal and technical cooperation, including the issue of compensation.
We agreed that no one will get out of this.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine initiated a criminal case on the murder of Ukrainian citizens.
The Government will provide financial assistance to the families of the victims.
The country will also make every effort to obtain compensation from the airline, insurance companies and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
I call on all our international partners of Ukraine, the entire world community, to stay united and persistent until the full and final investigation into all the circumstances of this disaster. We all need it.
For the sake of a man who needs to feel safe in this turbulent world - on earth, water or in the air.
Because a man and his life must be of the highest value to any government, any state, any politician.
In these difficult days for everyone, I want to say the following.
I will return all those deceased to their families and friends, they will be able to say goodbye. We honor their memory.
All those guilty shall carry punishment.
We will give back to not only a sense of security and justice to the Ukrainians but also the assurance that Ukraine will always protect you in any corner of the plane.
(Translation from Ukrainian into English by 112.international)