Iran, which had whitewashed Japan and Finland 3-0, won just the second set 25-19 against the powerful Ukrainian side.
Ukraine emerged the winner in the first, third, and fourth sets, winning 25-19 25-16 25-16.
The Ukrainian team had clobbered Finland and Turkey 3-0.
Iran faces Australia Sunday and then plays Turkey Monday.
Despite the loss, the Iranian team is among the hopefuls for the last four.
Twelve teams are competing in two six-member groups.
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