The President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelenski, expects from Iran a “full recognition of guilt” for having shot down the Ukrainian plane with 176 people on board, as well as bringing those responsible to justice and paying compensation.
“The morning has brought the truth. Ukraine insists on full recognition of the guilt. We expect Iran to bring those responsible to Justice, return the bodies, pay compensation and publish an official apology. The investigation has to be complete, open and must continue without delays or obstacles, “he said in a message from his Twitter account.
Zelenski thus responded to the recognition by the Iranian Armed Forces on Saturday that they shot down the Boeing 737 “involuntarily and by human error”, after two days of denial of this hypothesis, raised by several countries.
The director of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) airline, to which the downed plane belonged, Evgeny Dykhne, said on Facebook that he did not doubt “not a second” of the crew nor has it been believed that any failure in the plane could have caused the tragedy.
According to Tehran, the error was due to “in that very delicate situation and crisis” the plane was located near a military center of the Guardians of the Revolution with “a height and a flying position of an enemy target” .
The Armed Forces explained that following the threats of the US president, Donald Trump, and commanders of that country to “take as a target a series of places in the territory of the Islamic Republic in case there is a reciprocal operation (…) they were at the highest level of alert. “
Shortly before the demolition of the Ukrainian plane, Iran had carried out a missile attack against an air base in Iraq that houses US troops, in revenge for the murder days before General Qasem Soleimaní in a selective US bombing.
Speculation about the possibility of a demolition case began the same day of the incident and took on an official tone when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that his government had information that the Boeing 737 was hit by “a land missile – Iranian air. “
Kiev, although it has not ruled out any possibility, nor an attack or the impact of a missile, preferred to remain cautious until now and had asked not to speculate on the cause of the catastrophe, in which 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, eleven Ukrainians died ( two passengers and nine crew), ten Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British.
The device crashed south of Tehran last Wednesday shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport bound for Kiev.