Iran Guards Commander accepts responsibility for shooting down Ukrainian plane


The aerospace commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday a missile that was fired at a Ukrainian passenger jet exploded next to the plane before it went down.

“It was a short-range missile that exploded next to the plane. That’s why the plane was able” to continue flying for a while, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said in remarks aired on state TV. “It exploded when it hit the ground.”


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