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Ukraine insists on Iran's apology, full probe - president

Ukraine insists on Iran's apology, full probe - president
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Ukraine insists on an official apology from Iran for shooting down the Ukraine International Airlines PS752 flight on 8 January, holding an open investigation and is waiting for the return of the bodies of the deceased and the payment of compensation, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said in a statement.

"Even before the completion of the work by the international commission, Iran has pleaded guilty to shooting down the Ukrainian plane. However, we insist on full admission of guilt. We expect Iran to assure us that it is willing to conduct a full and open investigation, bring those responsible to justice, return the bodies of the deceased, pay compensation, and offer an official apology through diplomatic channels," Zelenskyy noted.

He expressed hope for the continuation of the investigation into the plane crash without deliberate delays and obstacles.

"Our 45 experts must have full access and cooperation to ensure justice," he added.

Early on 11 June, Iran admitted "unintentionally" shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, the BBC has reported. An investigation found that "missiles fired due to human error".

The Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport on 8 January, killing all 176 people onboard.

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