SBU charges former head of Antonov over destruction of An-225 in Hostomel

10 March, 12:46 AM
Sergiy Bychkov (Photo:Insider UA/Telegram)

Sergiy Bychkov (Photo:Insider UA/Telegram)

Ukraine’s SBU security service has charged former General Director of Ukrainian state-owned aerospace company Antonov, Serhiy Bychkov, for neglecting to take necessary precautions to prevent Russian forces from destroying An-225 Mriya aircraft, Ukrainian news outlets Liga and InsiderUA reported on March 9

According to the reports, Bychkov and some of his former subordinates are accused of preventing Ukraine’s National Guard from properly organizing the defense of Hostomel airport prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Besides Bychkov, SBU has detained head of Antonov security and several other employees of the company.

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“SBU has evidence of former Antonov management barring the National Guard from entering the premises of Hostomel airport and building fortifications (there); they now face up to 15 years in prison,” InsiderUA writes.

On Feb. 27, 2022, during an attack on the Hostomel airport near Kyiv, invading Russian forces destroyed An-225 Mriya – the world's largest heavy-lifting airplane, which was designed and built by Ukraine’s Antonov Design Bureau.

In November 2022, Antonov announced plans to build a second An-225 aircraft, which is already 30% done, according to the bureau.

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