UKRAINE TO PAY $7.8 MILLION DAMAGES TO AIR CRASH VICTIM RELATIONS

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KIEV, August 13 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's Cabinet has allocated 41.622 million hrivnas, or $7.8 million, to the Foreign Ministry to pay damages to Russian nationals whose relations perished in a TU-154 liner crash of October 4, 2001. The Cabinet decree was signed yesterday, reports the government press service.

The Finance Ministry is to take the sum from the national reserve fund, and the Foreign Ministry to report about it used up before the year's end.

Ukraine and Russia came to an understanding in December 2003, on the terms and amounts of damages. Ukraine is to pay Russia $7.8 million for further distribution between the 112 bereaved. The payment is regarded as complete and final settlement of all Russian claims.

Ukrainian anti-aircraft troops brought down the airliner above the Black Sea with a mishomed missile in a war game. Owned by Siberia Airlines, the liner was bound from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk. All 78 on board-Russian and Israeli nationals-died in the tragedy.

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