Ukrainian plane was shot down by two missiles

Two missiles were launched against Ukraine International Airlines’ Boeing 737 shot down on January 8 by the Iranian armed forces.

“The investigators […] accessed the information and found that two M1-TOR missiles […] were fired at the plane,” pointed out a preliminary investigation report by the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO).

“The effect on the accident and the analysis of this action are under investigation”, according to the document.

After three days of denials, the Iranian armed forces acknowledged on January 11 that they shot down “Boeing 737 of Ukraine International Airlines“ by mistake ”a few minutes after taking off from Tehran.

All 176 occupants of the plane, mostly Iranians and Canadians, died.

On Sunday, the bodies of the 11 Ukrainian victims of the accident, including the nine crew members, were repatriated to Kiev.

The accident occurred hours after the launch of 22 Iranian missiles against two bases of the international coalition led by the United States, in Ain Assad and Erbil, Iraq, in a revenge operation for the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, in a Washington operation.

On Monday, Kiev assumed it would insist that Tehran deliver the ‘black boxes’ from the Ukrainian commercial plane shot down by Iran, Ukrainian diplomacy said.

Iranian Transport Minister Mohammad Eslami arrived in Ukraine on Monday to “make an official apology” and Kiev hopes to be able to “discuss practical problems, such as the return of ‘black boxes’,” the head of diplomacy told the press. Ukrainian, Vadym Prystaiko.

“We demand that these boxes be handed over to us, this is how Iran will prove willing to open dialogue and an impartial investigation,” said the Ukrainian minister.

On Friday, Prystaiko had assured Tehran “was ready” to deliver the Ukrainian Boeing ‘black boxes’ to Kiev, but Iran stepped back.

“We will try to decipher black boxes in Iran and then our options are Ukraine and France. But at the moment we do not plan to send them to another country, ”said the director of the Iranian civil aviation organization’s research office, Hassan Rezayifar, quoted by the Iranian agency IRNA.