The concealment of the Ukrainian jet downing by the Iranian authorities raised questions among the republic’s citizens, leading to the renewal of the protests.
A group of Iranian protesters demanded Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down on Saturday after Tehran said that its military had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 people on board.
“Commander-in-chief [Khamenei] resign, resign,” videos posted on Twitter showed hundreds of people chanting in front of Tehran’s Amir Kabir university.
Source: Iranian protesters demand Khamenei quit over plane downing
- A Russian warship, reportedly a surveillance and intelligence vessel, “aggressively approached” a US Navy destroyer on Thursday in the North Arabian Sea Thursday, the US Navy revealed Friday.
- The Russian ship sailed to within 180 feet of the USS Farragut, CNN reports, citing defense officials. The Navy says the Farragut was initially unable to persuade the Russian vessel to alter course.
- Last summer, the Navy faced a similar situation when a Russian destroyer sailed to within 100 feet of the USS Chancellorsville in the Pacific Ocean, risking a collision.
Source: Shocking US Navy videos show Russian warship ‘aggressively’ approaching a US destroyer, risking collision by initially refusing to change course
It’s simply not possible that Iran even accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner that crashed with more than 60 Canadians on board, Tehran’s ambassador for international air travel said Thursday.
Suggestions that a surface-to-air missile — intentionally or not — hit the aircraft shortly after it took off early Wednesday are likely motivated by politics — not hard evidence, Farhad Parvaresh told the National Post.
Parvaresh is Iran’s permanent representative to the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency.
“If you talk to experts, this cannot be right. Totally it is wrong, 100 per cent,” he said of the missile theory. “This is something purely technical. It was a disaster, it was a great tragedy.… What is going around is because of some political issues, the tension between Iran and the U.S.”
Source: “It could not be possible”: Iranian aviation ambassador denies that a missile shot down Ukrainian jet
Shocking video apparently shows the moment that a Ukrainian airliner was struck by an Iranian missile shortly after lifting off from an airport in Tehran.
The 19-second clip, obtained by the New York Times, shows a night sky suddenly illuminated by a flash of light, followed by a deafening boom.
By the clip’s close, the sounds of sirens can be heard in the background.
US officials said Thursday that it was “highly likely” the Ukrainian International Airlines flight, which had 176 people aboard, was struck by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile early Wednesday.
There were no survivors.
Source: Video shows moment Ukrainian airliner is struck by missile over Iran