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Scoop of the weekend: Iran admits downing UIA plane

Scoop of the weekend: Iran admits downing UIA plane

UIA tragedy

Iran has admitted "unintentionally" shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board, the BBC has reported.

In a special statement on 11 January, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged to "return all the dead to their loved ones" and ensure punishment for those who downed the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 572 from Tehran to Kyiv on 8 January.

Ukraine had had evidence that the Ukraine International Airlines plane had been hit by a missile before Iran came clear on this, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, has told the BBC.

Reparation for Ukrainian plane depends on a settlement between Iran and Ukraine due to the process of the air disaster, Iran Civil Aviation Organization official said on Sunday, as quoted by the Iranian news agency IRNA.

Hassan Razaeefar said that the plane was insured by a Ukrainian company, which covers the plane, the passengers, belongings, and individuals on board.

He said that normally the contractors pay reparation, but taking into consideration the fact that this crash was not a normal, the two countries need to reach a settlement.

High-profile crime

The National Police have detained a group of people suspected of masterminding and carrying out the murder of volunteer fighter Amina Akuyeva. Her husband Adam Osmayev was wounded in the same attack on their car on 30 October 2017. The group consisted of seven people some of whom were detained on suspicion of involvement in two killings in September 2019. According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the DNA of one of the detainees matched the DNA at a gun left at the crime scene.

Donbas update

The Ukrainian army reported no losses despite four attacks by Russian occupying troops in Donbas on 11 January. The Joint Forces' positions near Krasnohorivka were shelled with 120-mm mortars banned by the Minsk agreements, as well as automatic grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and other small arms.

Economy

Ukraine was the third largest agricultural exporter to the EU in 2019 after the USA and Brazil, according to the European Commission monitoring report. From November 2018 to October 2019, Ukraine exported produce worth 7.3bn euros to Europe.

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