Those responsible for bringing down the Ukrainian Boeing in Iran last Wednesday must be tried, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Iran acknowledged on Saturday that the country accidentally shot the plane.

In response to Iran’s announcement, Zelensky demands a full and open investigation into the incident and compensation for the crash.

Zelensky further states in a statement that the bodies of the victims must be repatriated and that Iran must apologize through the official diplomatic channels.

Iran acknowledged on Saturday that flight PS752 from Ukraine International Airlines was accidentally shot down by Iranian anti-aircraft guns and that this was due to a “human error”.

There was a tense atmosphere in Iran on the night of the accident. The country had just carried out a retaliatory action against US interests in Iraq for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani and was considering a counterattack.

Previously, the country insisted that the Boeing 737-800 had crashed due to a technical defect.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the incident Saturday an “unforgivable” and “disastrous mistake” that “deeply regrets the country.”

“When I heard it, I wish I was dead so I didn’t have to witness such an accident,” replied the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander (IRG) Amir Ali Hajizadeh.

In a statement, the commander says that the IRG assumes all responsibility for the accident, the commander said in a video posted online by the state television on Saturday.

Rouhani writes in a tweet that the investigation into the incident will continue. Although he speaks of “persecution” and “identification”, it is not yet clear whether this is the guarantee of justice that Ukraine and Canada are striving for.

All 176 passengers of the Boeing were killed in the crash. The majority of the victims were Iranians and Canadians.

The Canadian government will continue to pursue justice, closure and processing for the victims, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds on Saturday morning following the announcement of Iran.

“We will continue to work with our partners worldwide to ensure a full and in-depth investigation. The Canadian government expects full cooperation from the Iranian authorities.”

Over the past few days, the Canadian government has been under increasing pressure to act harder against Iran, after more and more indications seemed to appear that the plane had been shot down by Iran, including from Western intelligence services.

When asked whether Canada was confident that Iran would handle the investigation properly, Canadian foreign minister Francois-Phillipe Champagne said: “Time will tell and the world will watch”.

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