Ukraine Crisis: Antonov’s Base in Gostomel Seized by Russian Paratroopers

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LONDON – In recent developments, Antonov’s base in Hostomel Airport near Kyiv has been seized by Russian Paratroopers.

This news comes as the Russian army continues its advances into Ukraine, which has caused international condemnation.

Ukrainian forces have vowed to retake the airport from what they dub “Russian aggressors”, but the fight is too early to call at this time.

It is also unclear about the status of the fleet of Antonov aircraft on the ground.

As mentioned in a previous post on AviationSource, the status of the AN-225 Mriya is unknown.

Rumors are suggesting that the aircraft has either left Kyiv or has been destroyed in the Ukrainian capital.

Kyiv’s Hostomel Airport, which bases the AN-225, was attacked by a bunch of Russian MI-8 Helicopters earlier on today, indicating reports that the aircraft may have been damaged.

This article is a developing story at present, as there has been understandably no official confirmation from Antonov about where the aircraft is.

Some are speculating that the aircraft may have left Kyiv without its transponder in order to avoid detection from the Russian army.

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