Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he welcomes the sending of black box flight recorders from a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737 shot down near Tehran and is waiting for the results of their examination and the start of negotiations with Iran.
He wrote this on his Facebook page.
"I welcome the sending of flight recorders from the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737, flight PS752, shot down near Tehran in January to the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety," Zelensky said.
According to him, this is the right step towards completing the investigation into the downing of the Ukrainian plane.
Zelensky said that the relatives of those killed in this terrible tragedy must know the truth. He also stressed that they should receive appropriate compensation from the Iranian side.
"Iran must conduct a full, transparent and independent investigation in accordance with international standards," he said.
He said that the black boxes arrived in Lyon on Saturday, July 18, in secrecy and were already in a laboratory.
"Our experts from the National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation are also involved in the process of decoding the boxes. The process will begin with the coordination of methods for reading information from the boxes, and experts will then move on to the practical part of the work. The work can be completed fairly quickly, but it all depends on the technical condition of the boxes," Zelensky said.
He expressed confidence that the impeccable reputation of the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety and the participation of the best Canadian, American and Ukrainian experts would ensure the highest level of international recognition of the results of such research.
"Ukraine is looking forward to the results of the decoding of the 'black boxes' and the start of the negotiation process with Iran," Zelensky said.
He also added that all perpetrators would be held accountable and justice would be established.
The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane (flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after it took off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport at about 06:00 Tehran time (04:30 Kyiv time) on January 8. There were 176 people on board – nine crew members (all Ukrainians) and 167 passengers (citizens of Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, Germany, and the UK). All passengers and crew were killed in the crash.