Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Seeks ‘Justice’ Over Iran Plane Crash

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraine is seeking “justice” after Iran accidentally shot down a commercial airliner headed for Kyiv last week, its president said Saturday.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

“We expect from Iran assurances of their readiness for a full and open investigation, bringing those responsible to justice, the return of the bodies of the dead, the payment of compensation, official apologies through diplomatic channels,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement.

Iran admitted Friday that it “unintentionally” shot down the Ukranian Boeing 737 outside Tehran Airport early Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Zelensky said “Iran has pleaded guilty to crashing the Ukrainian plane. But we insist on a full admission of guilt.”

In his televised address, Zelensky promised that his government would compensate the families of the victims.

Shortly afterwards, Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said Ukraine would pay 200,000 hryvnia ($8,350) each to the families of those who died in a plane crash in Iran this week.

He said Ukraine International Airlines would make payments to the families of the crew members who died in the crash.

The airline's spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

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