‘Highly likely’ Iran downed Ukraine jet
PLANE ‘MISTAKENLY TARGETED’
IT IS “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people on board, two US officials said.
The crash came just a few hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack against Iraqi military bases housing US troops.
The missile attack came amid a confrontation with Washington over the US drone strike that killed an Iranian general last week.
President Donald Trump suggested he believes Iran was responsible and would not directly lay the blame on Iran, but dismissed their claims that it was a mechanical issue – and denied any US responsibility.
“Somebody could have made a mistake on the other side,” Mr Trump said, noting the plane was flying in a “pretty rough neighbourhood”.
“Some people say it was mechanical,” Mr Trump added.
“I personally don’t think that’s even a question.”
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson used a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to call for a “full, credible and transparent investigation” following the plane crash.
Asked whether there were any concerns about the cause of the disaster, a Number 10 spokesman said: “I’m not going to speculate on this but the reports we have seen are very concerning and we are urgently looking into them.”