Relatives and relatives of the eleven Ukrainians who were on board the PS 752 flight of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) shot down in Iran on January 8 today remembered the victims during the inauguration of a commemorative square next to the Borispol International Airport in Kiev.
To the act, during which a great stone was revealed in which a plaque with the number of the fateful flight and the date of the demolition remind of the tragedy, about two hundred people attended.
Family members placed between red and yellow roses pain samples, photos of their deceased loved ones and candles in front of the granite piece, which serves as a temporary monument, since another landline will be erected later.
The Ukrainian authorities convened last week a contest to choose the final monument and that will be chosen by the families of the deceased passengers.
The tribute was attended by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Vadim Pristaiko, and the Iranian ambassador to Kiev, Manouchehr Moradi, who joined the common sorrow.
Under the stone, about two meters high, a capsule with remains of the destroyed plane was placed.
The act has been celebrated after 40 days have passed since the incident. For the Slavic Orthodox, this date has a special meaning and marks the end of the wake, since it is the moment when the soul leaves the Earth definitively and goes beyond.
UIA Flight 752 was shot down by the Iranian armed forces shortly after the Boeing 737 with 176 occupants took off from Tehran airport bound for Kiev.
The demolition, which Iran has described as accidental, came shortly after Iranian armed forces launched dozens of missiles against two bases in Iraq used by the United States in retaliation for the assassination in Baghdad of Iranian General Qasem Soleimaní.
Of the 176 occupants, 82 were Iranians, 63 Canadians, eleven Ukrainians (two passengers and nine crew), ten Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British.