The SSU reported suspicion to the ex-managers of Antonov State Enterprise, whose actions led to the destruction of Mriya

Main photo: A rally dedicated to the completion of the construction of the An-225 “Mriya” aircraft at the “Kyiv Aviation Production Association” (now the State Enterprise “Antonov”), November 1988. Central State Film and Photo Archive of Ukraine named after G.S. Pshenychny

The Security Service has gathered thorough evidence base on the former general director of Antonov State Enterprise, his deputy, and the head of the aviation security unit.

According to investigation materials, on the eve of a full-scale invasion, officials did not allow servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine to enter the territory of the Gostomel Airport to prepare for its defense.

Such criminal actions led to temporarily seizing a strategically important airfield, and surrounding settlements and destroying the AN-225 Mriya aircraft.

“We are conducting an objective investigation of this case. Those who helped the enemy destroy one of the symbols of Ukraine should suffer the well-deserved punishment. And the SBU will do everything necessary for this. And our state will definitely build a new plane, because the Dream, like Ukraine, cannot be destroyed,” said the Head of the SSU, Vasyl Malyuk.

The Security Service of Ukraine established that in the period of January-February 2022, officials expressly prohibited the Ukrainian military from erecting defensive fortifications and fortifications at the airport.

For this purpose, an order was given to block the entry of National Guard soldiers to the territory of the object.

The preventive measure in the form of detention was chosen for two participants in the proceedings. Comprehensive measures are being taken to bring to justice the former deputy general director of the Antonov State Enterprise, who is currently hiding from justice. He is declared wanted.

Perpetrators face up to 15 years in prison.

The investigation continues under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

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