Ukraine determined to see Iran pay for PS752 downing

Hossein Mersadi

As talks started between Kyiv and Tehran, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he was determined to see Iran pay compensations for the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752.

Ten days after data was extracted from the flight recorder of the Boeing 737 shot down by the Iranian air defense on January 8, 2020, an Iranian delegation was sent to Kyiv in order to start negotiations regarding the compensation for the victims’ relatives, as well as to Ukraine International Airlines for the loss of aircraft. 

Following the meeting between two parties, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba published a statement in which he reiterated his determination to see Iran pay. “We will achieve justice, no matter how much time and effort it costs,” Kuleba said, quoted by Reuters, though he added that the negotiations may prove difficult. 

On January 8, 2020, Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran International Airport, Iran, killing the 176 people on board. After a few days of denial, the Iranian authorities eventually admitted that the aircraft was shot down. An operator of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), stationed in Bid Kaneh, allegedly mistook the commercial flight for a cruise missile and fired two missiles from a Tor-M1 surface-to-air system.


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