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January 2020 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Pompeo Assures Kyiv Of Washington's 'Unwavering' Support RFE/RL 31 Jan 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed Washington's unwavering support for Ukraine as it battles Russia-backed forces in a deadly war in its easternmost regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
- 'Something To Hide?' CPJ Urges Russia To Allow Journalists To Travel Freely To Crimea RFE/RL 31 Jan 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Russia to immediately lift a ban imposed on Ukrainian journalist Taras Ibrahimov and allow him to freely report in Ukraine's Russia-occupied region of Crimea.
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy At a Press Availability US Dept. of State 31 Jan 2020
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo's Meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Prystaiko US Dept. of State 31 Jan 2020
- Pompeo Heads To Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan --Trailed By U.S. Turmoil RFE/RL 29 Jan 2020 -- In Belarus, there are growing questions about how drastic a shift Alyaksandr Lukashenka is making away from Russia and toward the West.
- Ukrainian Ex-Deputy Minister Jailed For Allegedly Embezzling $40 Million RFE/RL 29 Jan 2020 -- A former deputy energy and coal minister in the administration of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was placed in pretrial detention for 45 days on suspicion of causing 2 billion hryvnyas ($40 million) in damages to the state.
- U.S. Joins EU, Canada In Imposing Fresh Crimea-Related Sanctions RFE/RL 29 Jan 2020 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has joined the European Union and Canada in imposing new sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow's "continued aggression toward Ukraine and attempted occupation of Crimea," a news release says.
- Taking It In Stride, Again: As Pompeo Visits, Ukraine Seems Set To Shrug Off Controversy RFE/RL 29 Jan 2020 -- Mike Pompeo's clash with a reporter in Washington, which the journalist said set off a foul-mouthed tirade in which he questioned whether Americans care about Ukraine, caused an uproar in his home country.
- Treasury Sanctions Illegitimate Russian-Backed Crimean Officials and Railroad Company Linking Crimea to Russia US Treasury 29 Jan 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals and one entity in response to Russia's continued aggression toward Ukraine and attempted occupation of Crimea. Seven of these individuals were also designated yesterday by the European Union (EU).
- EU Expands Russia Sanctions List Linked To Aggression Toward Ukraine RFE/RL 28 Jan 2020 -- The European Union has added seven names to its list of people facing sanctions for undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence.
- Trump Heard Asking On Tape: How Long Can Ukraine Last 'In Fight With Russia'? RFE/RL 26 Jan 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump asked dinner guests how long Ukraine would be able to resist Russian aggression, according to a tape recorded at a 2018 gathering with donors.
- Ukrainian Ex-President Arrives For Questioning In Treason Probe RFE/RL 24 Jan 2020 -- Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has arrived at the State Bureau of Investigation (DBR) for questioning as a witness in one of the inquiries launched into activities he may have played a role in during his presidency.
- Ukrainian Pension Policies Create 'Hardships' On Pensioners In Separatist-Held Areas RFE/RL 24 Jan 2020 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Ukrainian pension policies impose "hardships" on pensioners with limited mobility who live in areas controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Population Shrinks By Nearly A Quarter RFE/RL 23 Jan 2020 -- A so-called electronic census found Ukraine's population has dwindled by almost a quarter since 2001, driven by migration, death rates exceeding birth rates, but also because it was impossible to count residents in Russia-occupied Crimea and the territories in the country's east that Kyiv doesn't control.
- Iran civil aviation body issues 2nd report on Ukraine jetliner tragedy Press TV 21 Jan 2020 -- Iran's civil aviation agency has released its second preliminary investigative report on the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran earlier this month.
- Iran Confirms Two Missiles Fired In Downing Of Ukrainian Plane RFE/RL 21 Jan 2020 -- Iran's civil aviation authority has confirmed that two missiles were launched at a Ukrainian passenger jet just after it took off from Tehran's international airport bound for Kyiv on January 8.
- Iranian Aviation Authorities Say Military Shot 2 Missiles at Ukrainian Plane VOA 21 Jan 2020 -- Iran's civil aviation authority said Tuesday the country's military fired two missiles at a Ukrainian commercial jet that went down shortly after taking off from Tehran earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board.
- Watchdog: Russia 'Trying To Silence' Information Flow From Occupied Crimea RFE/RL 21 Jan 2020 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Russia of "trying to silence" the flow of information from Ukraine's Russian-occupied region of Crimea by banning Ukrainian journalists from traveling there.
- Kyiv Asks OSCE To Expand Ukraine Monitoring Mission RFE/RL 20 Jan 2020 -- Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko says Ukraine has asked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to expand its monitoring mission in Ukraine.
- Ukraine says Iran fulfilled commitments on plane incident IRNA 20 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that Iran has fulfilled its commitments regarding plane incident.
- Ukraine Presses Iran Over Downed Plane's Black Boxes RFE/RL 20 Jan 2020 -- Ukraine is urging Iran to return the black-box flight recorders of a Ukrainian passenger plane shot down by the Iranian forces earlier this month.
- Iran Considers Dual Nationals On Downed Ukrainian Airliner To Be Iranians RFE/RL 20 Jan 2020 -- Iran regards dual citizens aboard a Ukrainian plane that was shot down this month as Iranian nationals, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi said on January 20.
- One Ukrainian Soldier Killed, 10 Wounded In Donbas RFE/RL 19 Jan 2020 -- One Ukrainian soldier was killed and 10 were wounded over a span of 24 hours on January 18 in the country's eastern Donbas war zone, the Ukrainian military reported.
- As Victims' Bodies Arrive In Kyiv, Tehran Clouds Plans For Flight PS752's Black Boxes RFE/RL 19 Jan 2020 -- The coffins of 11 Ukrainians killed when Iran's military mistakenly shot down a passenger airliner after takeoff from Tehran international airport arrived in Kyiv on January 19 as new questions emerged over Iranian officials' cooperation in ongoing investigations into the tragedy.
- Canada To Help Victims' Families With Funds, Still Expects Compensation From Iran RFE/RL 18 Jan 2020 -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will provide quick funds to the families of 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of the country who died when a Ukrainian jetliner was shot down in Iran last week.
- Ukraine's Prime Minister Gave His Resignation To The President. But Will Zelenskiy Accept It? RFE/RL 17 Jan 2020 -- Whether Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk gets to keep his job could come down to whether President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian, has retained his sense of humor since taking the helm -- and whether he accepts the 35-year-old head of the government's move as a sign of enduring loyalty.
- Ukrainian PM Honcharuk Offers Resignation Amid Scandal Over Audio Recording RFE/RL 17 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has submitted his resignation amid a scandal surrounding an audio recording where he allegedly disparages the economic knowledge and competence of both himself and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Announces Submitting Resignation Letter to Zelensky Sputnik 17 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said on Friday he has written a letter of resignation and submitted it to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
- Ukrainian President Refuses to Accept Prime Minister's Resignation Sputnik 17 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday he would give another chance to Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who said earlier in the day he had handed in his resignation letter.
- Pompeo Says U.S. Will Look Into Claims Former Ukraine Ambassador Was Followed RFE/RL 17 Jan 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the State Department will investigate whether former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was in any danger while she was in Ukraine.
- Ukraine Launching Task Force to Investigate Alleged Surveillance of Former US Diplomat VOA 17 Jan 2020 -- The Interior Ministry of Ukraine tells VOA that a special task force involving U.S. and Ukrainian officials will be launched Monday to look into reports that the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine had been subjected to surveillance and threats in Ukraine.
- Canadian Investigators Visit Iran Crash Site, Demand 'Full Cooperation' RFE/RL 16 Jan 2020 -- Canada says its investigators have visited the site of plane crash near Tehran that included 57 Canadian fatalities among the 176 people killed in the tragedy.
- Victims' Governments Demand 'Full Cooperation,' 'Justice' From Iran RFE/RL 17 Jan 2020 -- The foreign ministers of five countries that lost citizens in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger airliner in Iran last week have demanded that Tehran hold a "thorough, independent, and transparent" investigation into the tragedy.
- Victims' Governments To Press Tehran For Answers After Plane Downing RFE/RL 16 Jan 2020 -- The foreign ministers of five countries that lost citizens in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger airliner last week gathered in London on January 16 to discuss their response to the tragedy.
- 5 Countries Demand Open Probe of Iran's Downing of Ukrainian Airliner VOA 16 Jan 2020 -- Five countries that lost citizens in the downing of a Ukrainian airliner are calling on Iran to conduct an open investigation and to provide compensation to the victims' families.
- Zelenskiy, Merkel Discuss Situation In Donbas, Plane Crash In Iran RFE/RL 15 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed the situation in Ukraine's east, where Russia-backed separatists continue to control some part of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
- Border Guards: Fewer Ukrainians Traveled To Russia In 2019 RFE/RL 15 Jan 2020 -- Ukraine's State Border Guard Service (DPSU) says passenger traffic at the Russian-Ukrainian border in 2019 decreased by 10 percent to 10 million people in comparison to the previous year.
- Iranian President Pledges Punishment For Downing of Ukrainian Plane VOA 14 Jan 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged Tuesday to punish those responsible for the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet, calling the incident "unforgivable."
- New Video Shows Two Iranian Missiles Hit Ukrainian Plane RFE/RL 14 Jan 2020 -- New security camera footage posted online shows two Iranian missiles struck a Ukrainian passenger airliner after takeoff from Tehran on January 8.
- 'The Magical Powers Of The Con': For Many, Moscow's Defense Of Iran Is Redolent Of Its Denial Over MH17 RFE/RL 14 Jan 2020 -- In the early hours of January 11, as the world awaited information about the tragic crash near Tehran of Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752, Russia's state-funded news agency RT published an article titled The Demonization Of Iran: How The West Blames Tehran For The Downing Of The Ukrainian Boeing 737.
- Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Says Several Arrested for Their Role in Ukraine Plane Crash - Reports Sputnik 14 Jan 2020 -- The Boeing 737-800 plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed soon after takeoff from a Tehran airport last week, on 8 January - the same day that Iran struck US bases in Iraq with missiles. The Iranian military admitted to unintentionally shooting down the aircraft, having confused it with a hostile cruise missile.
- UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation UN News 14 Jan 2020 -- Experts from the UN aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday.
- Ukraine Knew Iran Had Downed Airliner But Didn't Go Public, Official Says RFE/RL 14 Jan 2020 -- Ukraine knew on a preliminary basis that Iran shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8, the same day as the incident, but decided not to go public with the information because it wanted to get access to the crash site.
- Iran arrests "some" over Ukrainian plane crash: spokesman Global Times 14 Jan 2020 -- Iran's Judiciary spokesman said here Tuesday that the Islamic republic has arrested some people related to the crash of a recent Ukrainian passenger plane over Tehran's sky, official IRNA news agency reported.
- Judiciary to pursue crash of Ukrainian plane vigorously IRNA 14 Jan 2020 -- The Attorney General of Iran, while regretting the loss of compatriots in the crash of a Ukrainian plane, assured the public that the judiciary would pursue the case vigorously.
- Rouhani: Special court should investigate Ukrainian plane crash in Tehran IRNA 14 Jan 2020 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the Judiciary Branch should form a special court to look into the case of the Ukrainian airliner that was downed mistakenly.
- Iran's sky safer for all flights than ever before: Iran's Army Cmdr. IRNA 14 Jan 2020 -- Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Musavi said on Tuesday that today's Iranian sky is safer for all flights than ever before.
- Vaezi: Gov't to stand by families of victims of air disaster IRNA 14 Jan 2020 -- Chief of Staff of the presidential office Mahmoud Vaezi said on Tuesday that the government stands by the bereaved families of the air disaster in which the young elites fell victims to US Cyber attacks on Iranian radar system.
- Iran's Judiciary: Arrests made over downing of Ukraine jetliner Press TV 14 Jan 2020 -- Iran's Judiciary says a number of arrests have been made in connection with the recent downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane nearTehran, which killed all 176 on board.
- Iran's President Rouhani calls for special court to hear plane tragedy cases Press TV 14 Jan 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says all those responsible for the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran should be brought to justice, urging that a special tribunal be appointed to hear cases and try all those involved.
- Iran's President Wants Special Court To Probe Ukrainian Plane Downing RFE/RL 14 Jan 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani, in the face of intense protests, has called for a special court to be set up to investigate the downing of a Ukrainian passenger airliner by the country's air defenses that killed all 176 people on board.
- Report: Russia Hacked Ukrainian Energy Firm Tied To Impeachment Inquiry RFE/RL 14 Jan 2020 -- Hackers from Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU, have allegedly targeted a Ukrainian energy firm tied to the impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump.
- Ukraine Seeks To Shrink Underground Economy, Takes On Illegal Gambling, Other Sectors RFE/RL 13 Jan 2020 -- Ukraine is cracking down on illegal gambling and logging and fraudulent gas stations in a bid to reduce the size of the country's shadow economy.
- IRGC Commander Salami Apologizes for Downed Ukrainian Plane in Iran - Reports Sputnik 13 Jan 2020 -- The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces' Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, has apologized for shooting down Ukraine's Boeing 737, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.
- Plane tragedy weighs on Iran Global Times 12 Jan 2020 -- Tehran urged to hold those responsible to account The unintentional downing of a Ukraine aircraft by Iran has put the Middle Eastern country under tremendous pressure not only domestically but also globally.
- Iranian parliament sympathizes with victim's families, supports IRGC IRNA 12 Jan 2020 -- The Iranian parliament (Majlis) issued a statement on Sunday to sympathize with families of those killed in the accidental downing of the Ukrainian airliner and also to support the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
- Zarif: Foreign Ministry ready to help families of plane crash victims IRNA 12 Jan 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message expressed Foreign Ministry readiness to help families of the victims of the Ukrainian plane crash.
- Reparation for Ukrainian plane depends on Tehran-Kiev settlement IRNA 12 Jan 2020 -- Reparation for Ukrainian plane depends on a settlement between Iran and Ukraine due to the process of the air disaster, Iran Civil Aviation Organization official said on Sunday.
- IRGC chief commander General Salami expresses extreme sorrow over plane crash Press TV 12 Jan 2020 -- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has expressed his profound sorrow over recent downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane over Tehran, saying he had never felt more shame in his life.
- No intention to cover up cause of Ukrainian plane crash: Shamkhani Press TV 12 Jan 2020 -- The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) says no effort was made to cover up the reasons behind the crash of a Ukrainian plane in southwest Tehran, emphasizing that covering up such incident was impossible in view of its nature and characteristics.
- PM statement on Iran plane crash UK FCO 11 Jan 2020 -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on the Iran plane crash.
- Reaction Swift, Stern to Iran's Downing of Ukrainian Jetliner VOA 11 Jan 2020 -- In the face of mounting evidence, Iran acknowledged Saturday that it had shot down a Ukrainian jetliner by accident this week after it took off in Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.
- Ukrainian plane tragedy unacceptable, Iran urged to punish culprits Global Times 11 Jan 2020 -- No reason is acceptable for the Ukrainian plane tragedy, which caused the loss of 176 lives; Iran must take responsibility and punish those accountable for downing the Ukrainian jetliner, experts said, after Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down the jetliner because of a terrible "human error" on Saturday.
- Rouhani: Iran welcomes int'l cooperation to determine causes of Ukrainian plane crash IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Iran welcomes international collaboration for clearly determining causes of the air disaster and will prepare all consular facilities to this end.
- Speaker stresses to prosecute those behind crash of Ukrainian plane IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a message expressed sympathy for the victims of Ukraine's passenger plane crash and said that investigating the magnitude of this error is an important task that should be prioritized by the relevant agencies as well as identifying those behind the fault or failure of the unfortunate event.
- IRGC cmdr sheds light on Ukrainian plane crash IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- The commander of the IRGC's Aerospace Force, Brigadier-General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh on Saturday took full responsibility for the Ukrainian plane crash blaming human error and "US adventurism" for the crash that left 176 people dead.
- Leader orders investigation into "possible negligence" in air disaster IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday ordered an investigation into the likely negligence or faulty performance in the air disaster case.
- Judiciary chief orders to initiate legal proceedings over Ukrainian plane crash IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday ordered Judiciary Organization of the Armed Forces to initiate legal proceedings against those accountable for the tragic air disaster of downing the Ukrainian plane crash.
- Zarif profoundly regrets human error behind air disaster IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message expressed his profound regret and apologized for the human error which caused crash for the Ukrainian passenger plane.
- Rouhani : Persons who caused Ukraine plane crash will be sued IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed regret over the human error which caused the tragic crash of Ukraine Airlines plane and said those who committed such an unpardonable mistake will be sued and investigated.
- General Staff of Iran Armed Forces releases statement on Ukrainian plane crash IRNA 11 Jan 2020 -- The General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces offered explanations for the crash of the Ukrainian aircraft which happened near Tehran on Wednesday.
- Iran says it "unintentionally" shot down Ukrainian jetliner People's Daily 11 Jan 2020 -- Iran's state TV on Saturday quoted the Iranian military as saying that it "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian jetliner on Wednesday, in which all the 176 passengers and crew members on board were killed.
- Iran welcomes global cooperation on plane crash investigation: President Rouhani Press TV 11 Jan 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic welcomes any cooperation in the framework of international regulations to shed more light on a Ukrainian passenger plane crash near Tehran, adding that the country will provide all necessary consular facilities in this regard.
- Ukraine's president wants Iran to 'punish' those responsible for plane crash Press TV 11 Jan 2020 -- Ukraine's president demands Iran "punish the guilty" in the recent crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane, while praising Tehran's cooperation with an "objective" investigation into the tragedy.
- We accept full responsibility for Ukrainian plane crash: IRGC Aerospace chief Press TV 11 Jan 2020 -- Head of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has accepted full responsibility for the downing of a Ukraine aircraft which crashed near the capital Tehran earlier this week.
- Iran Leader ordered swift release of Ukraine plane downing details: Report Press TV 11 Jan 2020 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on authorities to make all details about the accidental downing of a Ukrainian jet public after he heard about it, Fars news agency says.
- Iran's justice orders military court to conduct immediate probe into plane crash Press TV 11 Jan 2020 -- Iran's judiciary has ordered an immediate probe into the unintentional downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane which crashed near the capital Tehran earlier this week.
- Iran: Ukrainian plane brought down 'due to human error' Press TV 11 Jan 2020 -- Iran says a Ukrainian plane which crashed outside Tehran this week had flown close to a sensitive military site and been brought down due to human error "at a time of crisis caused by US adventurism."
- Ukraine Wants Compensation After Iran Admits Downing Passenger Jet RFE/RL 11 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says his country expects a full probe, a full admission of guilt, and compensation from Iran after Tehran admitted, after days of denial, it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 aboard.
- West Ramps Up Pressure On Iran Over Crash Probe RFE/RL 11 Jan 2020 -- The West turned up the heat on Iran over the crash of a Ukrainian airliner outside of Tehran, with the United States saying it is "likely" that an Iranian missile shot down the craft and vowing to "take appropriate action in response."
- Iran Was Prepared for Full-Fledged War with US When Missile Downed Ukrainian Jet - IRGC Commander Sputnik 11 Jan 2020 -- Earlier in the day, Iranian authorities admitted the Ukrainian jet that crashed in Tehran this week was downed with a missile by the Iranian armed forces.
- Heightened Push for Full Probe, Justice Follow Iran's Admission on Jet Shootdown VOA 11 Jan 2020 -- The aerospace commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on state television Saturday that he took "full responsibility" for the mistaken shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner this week and that he wished he "were dead" when he learned about the fate of the aircraft.
- Iran stresses no missile hit Ukrainian passenger plane IRNA 10 Jan 2020 -- The head of Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO.IRI) underlined that no missile had hit the Ukrainian passenger plane and any comment on the missile strike is out of context and not scientifically-backed and the reason behind the crash is determined after reopening of the black box.
- FM Zarif: US behaving like ISIS in threatening to destroy Iran's cultural heritage IRNA 10 Jan 2020 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US seeks to emulate the war crimes of DAESH, menacing the cultural heritage of the millennia-old civilization of Iran.
- FM Spox: Iran investigatng cause of plane crash on ICAO standards IRNA 10 Jan 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Iran has started to probe into the cause of the Ukrainian plane crash according to the international standards and International Civil Aviation Organization's regulations.
- Iran go'vt issues statement on Ukrainian airline plane crash IRNA 10 Jan 2020 -- Iranian government in a statement on Thursday night blasted the US approach towards the plane crash near Tehran and said the psychological operations and the lies by the American government which is supported by their agents further aggravate the plight of the victims' families.
- Iran says is certain no missile hit Ukrainian plane before crash Press TV 10 Jan 2020 -- Iran's top aviation official says the results of a probe into the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane in Tehran will show what has happened, but Iran is certain no missile hit the aircraft.
- Bulldozers And Scavengers: Concerns Over Iran Crash Site RFE/RL 10 Jan 2020 -- As Iran and Western states offer diverging explanations for what caused Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 to fall out of the sky just a few minutes after takeoff on January 8, there are growing concerns that crucial evidence may have been compromised.
- Ukrainians Looking Closely At Missile, Terrorism Scenarios In Iran Air Crash RFE/RL 10 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian officials said on January 10 that they were focusing in particular on a missile strike or act of terrorism as two possible causes of the crash of a Ukrainian passenger airliner after takeoff from Tehran's international airport, adding that they wanted to establish an international coalition to conduct an investigation into the January 8 tragedy.
- Iran To Download Data From Crashed Plane Amid Suggestions Missile To Blame RFE/RL 10 Jan 2020 -- Iran says it will download data from the black boxes recovered from the Ukrainian airliner that crashed near Tehran earlier this week, killing all 176 people on board, amid Western suggestions that a missile brought down the aircraft.
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo's Call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy US Dept. of State 10 Jan 2020
- Iran Invites NTSB, Boeing to Participate in Ukrainian Plane Crash Investigation VOA 10 Jan 2020 -- Iran has invited the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. accident investigation agency, to participate in the probe of the Ukrainian Boeing commercial jetliner that crashed near Tehran earlier this week.
- Iran Denies Shooting Down Passenger Jet VOA 10 Jan 2020 -- Iran is denying allegations that one of its missiles shot down a Ukrainian jetliner outside Tehran and is urging the U.S. and Canada to provide any information about the crash that killed all 176 people on board.
- Probe Underway in Ukrainian Plane Crash Outside Tehran That Killed 176 VOA 08 Jan 2020 -- Authorities in Iran are investigating why a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed minutes after takeoff from Tehran's airport early Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.
- Ukrainian Plane Crashes In Iran, Killing All 176 People Aboard RFE/RL 08 Jan 2020 -- A Ukrainian commercial airliner crashed on January 8 soon after taking off from Iran's capital, Tehran, killing all 176 people on board, mostly Iranian nationals, but also Western and Ukrainian citizens.
- 147 Iranians, 32 foreigners lose lives in Boeing 737 crash IRNA 08 Jan 2020 -- All 179 passengers died when a Ukrainian plane Boeing 737 crashed in southern Tehran Wednesday morning after its engine caught fire.
- Ukrainian airplane crashes near Tehran due to engine failure, 176 dead ISNA 08 Jan 2020 -- A Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 passengers and crew has crashed a few minutes after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport due to engine failure.
- All on board crashed Ukranian passenger plane confirmed dead People's Daily 08 Jan 2020 -- All the passengers and crew members on board the Boeing 737 Ukranian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) on Wednesday morning are confirmed dead, official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.
- Ukrainian passenger jet crashes in Iran, all 179 on board dead Press TV 08 Jan 2020 -- A Ukrainian passenger plane with 179 people on board has crashed shortly after take-off from the international airport south of the Iranian capital, Tehran, killing all those aboard.
- Epifaniy: About 600 Parishes Of Moscow-Aligned Church Convert To New Ukrainian Orthodox Church RFE/RL 06 Jan 2020 -- Some 600 parishes in Ukraine belonging to the Orthodox church aligned with the Moscow Patriarchate have in one year switched over to the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the church's leader says.
- Unredacted Emails Expose Pentagon Legal Concerns Over Ukraine Aid Freeze Sputnik 03 Jan 2020 -- Unredacted copies of email exchanges with the White House shine a light on Defence Department legal concerns over President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine, Justice Security reported.
- Ukraine's Zelenskiy Underlines National Unity In New Year's Address RFE/RL 01 Jan 2020 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for national unity as he used his first New Year's address to push a message of reconciliation for the country, now in its sixth year of war with Russia-backed separatists.
- Pompeo Postpones Trip To Ukraine, Belarus, Central Asia Amid Iran Tensions RFE/RL 01 Jan 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has postponed his upcoming travels to Ukraine, Belarus, and two Central Asian nations due to rising tensions in Iraq and the Middle East.
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