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'I Would Prefer to Die': Iran Guards Commander Accepts Responsibility for Downed Ukrainian Plane

Flowers and a paper plane are placed outside the Iranian Embassy to commemorate the victims of the Ukraine plane crash. (Reuters)

Flowers and a paper plane are placed outside the Iranian Embassy to commemorate the victims of the Ukraine plane crash. (Reuters)

Taking full responsibility for shooting down the Ukainian jet that killed 176 people, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said that he would have rather died than have witnessed the crash.

Tehran: The aerospace commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Saturday accepted full responsibility for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet that killed all 176 people on board.

"I take full responsibility and I will obey whatever decision is taken," Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said in remarks broadcast on state television.

"I would prefer to die rather than witness such an incident."

first published:January 11, 2020, 19:13 IST