Iran allocates $150,000 to families of each Ukraine crash victim

Iran’s cabinet has created a compensation fund to pay the families of the 176 victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down by Iranian forces outside Tehran last January, the president announces.

Iran will pay $150,000 for each victim, state TV reports, without specifying a timeline. The announcement comes as the families of victims prepare to mark the anniversary of the January 8 crash and diplomats from nations that lost citizens push Iran for more cooperation on the investigation and compensation issues.

There is no immediate comment on Iran’s announcement from the five countries in talks with Iran about reparations.

A bulldozer seen working as rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, January 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

— AP