16:01 GMT26 January 2021
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    KIEV (Sputnik) - Kiev has received from Tehran a draft technical report on the January 8, 2020, Ukrainian plane crash and has 60 days to provide feedback, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhenii Yenin said on Tuesday.

    "Yes, they did hand [it] over on the evening of 31 December, at the fifth attempt. Now all competent agencies are thoroughly examining it", Yenin said, as quoted by the Suspilne Novyny news outlet.

    According to the official, Ukraine can offer its remarks and suggestions related to the report within the next 60 days, after which Iran will have another month to finalise the document. The report will be published only after approval by the International Civil Aviation Organisation council.

    "It is too early to comment on the report. At the moment, we only confirm the receipt of it. Further, analysis will show how much it satisfies us in terms of objectivity and impartiality", the deputy minister added.

    On 28 December, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Tehran had handed the report to Kiev. Top Ukrainian diplomat Dmytro Kuleba, however, said on 30 December that the country was still waiting for the report.

    The Kiev-bound Boeing 737-800 crashed almost immediately after takeoff from Tehran on 8 January 2020. All 176 people aboard were killed, including nationals of Ukraine, Iran, Afghanistan, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Three days later, Iran admitted that the jet had been mistakenly shot down by its armed forces, who confused it for a hostile cruise missile. The crash took place amid an escalating confrontation between Tehran and Washington following the US killing of prominent Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in a targeted strike.

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