UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
Ukraine has asked Iran to formally apologize after Tehran admitted earlier that it had inadvertently crashed the Ukrainian plane, causing the death of all passengers aboard.
“This morning was not good, but it did bring the truth. Even before the end of the work of the international investigative commission, Iran admitted its guilt,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Facebook post.
“But we insist on full blame. We expect the Iranian institutions to be ready for a full and open investigation, bringing to justice, returning the victims’ bodies, paying compensation and apologizing officially through diplomatic channels.” , added Zelensky.
The Iranian Armed Forces General Staff earlier reported that the Ukrainian aircraft was “accidentally” struck by the Iranian air defense system.
Ukraine’s Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed Wednesday shortly after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, just hours after the Revolutionary Guard fired dozens of ballistic missiles at bases where US troops were deployed in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Qasem Soleimani, head of the IRGC’s elite Quds force near Baghdad International Airport in a drone strike.
All 176 people aboard were killed in the crash, including Iranian, Canadian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, German and British nationals.
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