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Ukrainian jet crash investigation may take over five years

Christian Fernsby |
The investigation into the Ukrainian jet downed near Iran's capital of Tehran could take up to five years if international courts are involved, Ukrainian media reported on Tuesday, citing a local official.

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"I definitely would not like to give any timelines ... To a large extent, everything depends on the political will of the Iranian side ...," said Ukranian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin.

"If we talk about the possibility of using international courts, then the timeline would start at five years," Yenin said.

However, he confirmed that the situation could be resolved without taking it to court.

Last month, the Iranian delegation joined the negotiation process in Kiev to establish the circumstances of the UIA jet downing on Jan. 8.

The Ukrainian passenger plane was hit by Iranian missiles after taking off in Tehran's air space, leaving all 176 people on board dead, with Iran later saying its forces "accidentally" shot down the plane.

On July 24, an international team in Paris completed a preliminary analysis of the data extracted from the plane's black boxes.

Iranian Minister of Transport and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami said on Sunday that the final report on the Ukrainian plane crash will be published soon.

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