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World|politics|January 10, 2020 / 04:19 PM
Iran denies shooting down Ukrainian passenger jet

AKIPRESS.COM - Iranian officials have denied claims that they mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet.

The plane crashed early Wednesday morning soon after takeoff from Tehran's airport killing everyone on board, CBS News reports. There were 176 people killed in the crash: 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedish, four Afghan, three German and three British nationals.

The Ukrainian president says he is not ruling out the possibility that the plane which crashed earlier this week in Iran had been hit a by a missile.

"The missile theory is not ruled out, but it has not been confirmed yet," Volodymyr Zelensky said. 

Zelensky reiterated his call for "all international partners" - the U.S., Britain and Canada in particular - to share data and evidence relevant to the crash.

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