ANKARA 

Iranian president has apologized to his Ukrainian counterpart for “unintentionally” hitting the Ukrainian passenger plane early this week in which all 176 people onboard died, said a statement by the Ukrainian presidency.  

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskiy held a phone conversation initiated by the Iranian side, the statement said. 

“The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran fully acknowledges that the tragedy was caused by the erroneous actions of the military of this state,” it said. 

The statement stressed that Tehran assured “everyone involved in the disaster would be held accountable.” 

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