January 7, 2021. OTTAWA, ON. Today, the Ukrainian Canadian community joins all Canadians in mourning and sorrow on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters.
On the first anniversary of the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 by the Iranian regime, we honour the memory of the 176 innocent people – including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents of Canada – who were killed on January 8, 2020.
We pray for the families and loved ones of the victims of Flight PS752 and all other civilian air disasters, and ask God, in the words of Scripture, to “heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.” They are in our hearts today, and every day.
We commend the leadership of Canada in the International Coordination and Response Group (Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan, United Kingdom) and the efforts of the Group to pursue accountability of the Iranian regime for this terrible act, and to seek justice for the victims and their families. We call for the full implementation by the international community of the recommendations in the recent report of Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Flight PS752 – The long road to transparency, accountability and justice.
On January 7 & 8 the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims is organizing a series of commemorative events. More information is available on their website and social media channels: https://www.ps752justice.com/i-will-light-a-candle-too/
May the Memory of the Victims Be Eternal. Вічная Пам’ять.