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    Monday, February 03, 2020, 11:45
    Ukraine wants larger compensation for its citizens killed in Iran crash
    By Reuters
    Monday, February 03, 2020, 11:45 By Reuters

    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kyiv, Ukraine, Jan 31, 2020. (KEVIN LAMARQUE / POOL VIA AP)

    KIEV — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that Kiev was not satisfied with a size of compensation Iran had offered to families of Ukrainians killed in the downing of a plane near Tehran last month and would seek larger payments.

    “As for the Iranian side, they immediately offered US$80,000 for each family… It is too small. We will press for a larger amount,” Zelenskiy told Ukrainian “1+1” TV.

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    The airliner was struck by a missile on Jan. 8 shortly after it left Tehran en route to Kiev. Iran admitted its forces had shot down the Ukraine International Airlines plane in error, after initially denying it had a role in the incident. All 176 people aboard, including 11 Ukrainians, were killed.

    READ MORE: Grief and mourning after Ukrainian plane crash in Iran

    Zelenskiy also said that Ukraine still was waiting for Iran to hand over the black boxes of the plane.


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