Antonov factory hit as Ukraine conflict continues

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Antonov AN-225 Source Antonov Airlines via Meantime Comms

An Antonov aircraft factory in Kyiv has been hit by a Russian military strike but it is not known whether any of Antonov’s aircraft were at the site during the incident.

The factory, understood to be located at the Sviatoshyn Airfield in the northwest of the city, was attacked on Monday March 14 as the Ukraine invasion continues, according to Kyiv City Council, Kyiv City State Administration.

The whereabouts of Antonov’s fleet has not been confirmed by Antonov. The company’s website appears to be down and its social media posts do not mention the strike.

On March 4, Air Cargo News reported on photos published on Twitter of a heavily damaged Antonov An-225, appearing to confirm the unique aircraft has been destroyed.

Antonov has not responded to Air Cargo News’ request for comment on the state of the AN-225. In a Twitter post on March 3 the company said: “Currently, until the #AN225 has been inspected by experts, we cannot report on the technical condition of the aircraft.

“Please wait for the official announcements about the condition of the aircraft.” No further Tweets on the aircraft have been published.

Last month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Ukraine confirmed that Russian military forces had attacked Antonov (Hostomel) Airport.

Antonov AN-225 damaged beyond repair

Unique Antonov An-225 reportedly destroyed in fighting

Antonov Airport under attack by Russia

 

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