Ukraine received an official invitation from France on July 1 to send its experts to participate in the decryption of the black boxes of the UIA Boeing 737, which had been shot down on January 8, 2020, in the skies over Tehran. Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin said that Iran had promised to deliver the recorders to Lyon on July 20.

In his opinion, the main task of Ukraine today is to ensure the maximum level of international recognition of illegal interference in the flight PS 752 case, as this will allow the demand of decent compensation for the victims’ families.

UIA Boeing 737 crash in Iran

The Boeing passenger jet of Ukraine International Airlines crashed on January 8 immediately after departure from Tehran airport. All 176 people onboard died, including 11 citizens of Ukraine, nine of whom were crew members. Among fatalities were also citizens of Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The Iranian authorities officially acknowledged that the airliner had been mistakenly shot down by the military with two missiles just three days later. On-board recorders were not sent to France for deciphering for a long time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran announced on June 29, that information extraction from the recorders and its analysis would begin on July 20, the same day the black boxes would be sent to France. Tehran has assured that other countries whose citizens died in the plane crash could also send their representatives as observers.

Natalia Tolub

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