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Bodies of Ukrainians killed in Iran plane crash repatriated

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The bodies of the 11 Ukrainians who died when an Iranian missile shot down a passenger plane have been repatriated ahead of a memorial ceremony.

They were among 176 people killed in the January 8 incident, when a Ukrainian Airlines plane heading to Kyiv was brought down shortly after takeoff from Tehran.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>The repatriation ceremony at Borispil international airport outside Kyiv (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)</figcaption>
The repatriation ceremony at Borispil international airport outside Kyiv (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Iran acknowledged three days later that the plane was mistakenly hit by an anti-aircraft missile.

On Sunday, the bodies were brought to Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport aboard a Ukrainian air force plane.

An honour guard carried the coffins into the airport terminal, where a farewell observance is to last until the evening.