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Ukraine Says Iran ‘Knew From Start’ Missile Downed Plane

A photograph mixture of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani. AFP

 

Kiev on Monday accused Tehran of figuring out from the beginning that an Iranian missile had downed a Ukrainian airliner final month after leaked recordings emerged from Iranian air visitors management.

The recordings, aired on Ukraine’s 1+1 TV channel on Sunday, function a dialog between an air visitors controller and the pilot of one other airplane on the time the Ukrainian airliner was hit on January 8, killing all 176 folks on board.

The pilot will be heard describing “the light of a missile” on its route after which an explosion.

Iran initially denied Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 had been introduced down by one among its missiles.

It later admitted that two missiles had been fired on the airplane by air defences on excessive alert, hours after Iranian armed forces fired ballistic missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated after the discharge of the recording that it “proves that the Iranian side knew from the start that our plane was hit by a missile.

“Everything is audible there,” Zelensky instructed 1+1. “Everything is recorded.”

The audio clip options the pilot of an Aseman Airlines flight from Iran’s southern metropolis of Shiraz to Tehran speaking with air visitors management within the Iranian capital.

“There is a series of lights on our route, like a missile. Is there something?” the pilot is heard asking.

“What is the light like?” the controller asks.

“It’s the light of a missile,” the pilot replies.

The management tower then tries to contact the Ukrainian airliner, however unsuccessfully.

After a couple of minutes, the pilot says: “There was an explosion. We saw a very bright light here.”

It was unclear how the channel obtained the recording, although officers denied it had come from the Ukrainian authorities.

“This is a journalistic investigation. You need to ask them where they got this recording,” Oleksiy Danilov, the top of Ukraine’s Security and Defence Council, instructed AFP.

AFP

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