January 11, 2020 / 10:28 AM / 14 days ago

Presidents of Ukraine, Iran to discuss downed plane - Ukrainian official

FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a joint news conference after a Normandy-format summit in Paris, France December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to hold a telephone call with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Saturday after Tehran said it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, the Ukrainian president’s office said.

The Ukrainian passenger airplane travelling to Kiev crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Iran had previously denied any responsibility.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Alexander Smith

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