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‘Battle raging’ for Antonov Airlines’ Kiev base

[ February 24, 2022   //   ] A battle is raging for control of the Antonov Airlines’ base at Antonov International Airport at Hostomel, north-west near Kyiv, according to press reports. The BBC said that quoted a Ukrainian military report saying they have launched an artillery attack on Russian paratroopers who have landed at airport and tried to take control. It adds that the fighting there is understood to be the closest that Russian forces have managed to get to the Ukrainian capital on the first day of their invasion. A spokesperson for Antonov Airlines said that all staff had been evacuated from the base and were safe, as far as was known.

It is not known which aircraft, if any, were at the base at the time of the attack.

However, earlier reports of the destruction of the unique AN225, the world’s largest aircraft now appear to have been discounted. One unconfirmed report suggests that the AN225 is currently in Georgia.

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