Iran President Hassan Rouhani apologized to the Ukrainian people for downing the Ukrainian plane and promised to hold those responsible for the tragedy “accountable,” according to the readout of today's call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"Hassan Rouhani expressed his condolences to the Ukrainian people and the families of those killed as a result of the crash of the PS752 flight of Ukraine International Airlines. He issued an apology from the Iranian side for the tragedy that claimed 176 lives. The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran fully acknowledges that the tragedy was due to the erroneous actions of the military of this state. Official Tehran assured that all involved in the crash will be held accountable," the statement said.
According to the statement, Iran is working to repatriate the bodies of those killed in the crash by Jan. 19 and “agrees on the issue” of paying Ukraine compensations.