Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky explained in an interview that a leaked audio recording proved that Iran understood it experienced shot down a Ukrainian airliner nearly quickly, despite authorities in Tehran in the beginning denying the allegation.
The recording, disclosed on Ukrainian television on Sunday, performed the voice of an Iranian airline pilot telling a command tower that he noticed “the mild of a missile” in advance of Ukrainian Worldwide Airways Flight 752 crashed shortly right after getting off.
“Is this an lively place? There is lights like a missile. Is there something?” the pilot says.
“Nothing has been described to us. What is the light-weight like?” the controller asks. The pilot then states “it’s the gentle of a missile.”
Zelensky mentioned that the audio “proves that the Iranian aspect knew from the start that our aircraft had been strike by a missile.” The catastrophe, which happened just several hours right after Iran introduced 15 missiles at U.S. troops stationed in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of normal Qasem Soleimani, killed all 176 passengers aboard.
“He claims that ‘it appears to be to me that a missile is flying’, he suggests it in each Persian and English, everything is mounted there,” Zelensky said.
Iranian point out media had initially described that the aircraft crashed because of to “technical issues,” and Ali Abedzadeh, who qualified prospects the country’s civil aviation corporation, stated at first he would not hand about the recovered black packing containers to the United States.
Abedzadeh then dismissed allegations the aircraft was shot down, indicating it was “scientifically impossible and these rumors make no perception at all.”
“What is evident for us, and what we can say with certainty, is that no missile hit the plane,” Abedzadeh mentioned at a push convention. “If [Western governments] are really certain, they need to occur and present their results to the globe.”
Iran afterwards admitted that it had accidentally shot down the airplane thanks to a “human mistake.”