Zelensky on Boeing 737 crash: We expect prosecution of those responsible and compensation from Iran

Source : 112 Ukraine

President of Ukraine also hopes that Iran will return the bodies of the dead and formally apologize through diplomatic channels for the missile strike at Ukrainian Boeing 737
14:02, 11 January 2020
Volodymyr Zelensky
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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. He wrote this in his Telegram channel.

"Today's morning was not good, but brought the truth. Before the work of the international commission ended, Iran pleaded guilty to the downing of the Ukrainian plane. But we insist on full admission of guilt. We expect assurances from Iran of readiness for a full and open investigation, bringing the perpetrators to justice, the return of the bodies of the dead, compensation, official apologies through diplomatic channels," Zelensky said.
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He expressed hope that the investigation would continue in the future without artificial delays and obstacles, and 45 Ukrainian experts would have full access to the data to establish justice in the case of the crash of the Ukrainian airliner.

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.

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