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Billionaire Richard Branson in Kyiv airfield


Billionaire business owner Richard Branson went to Antonov Airport, site of among the fiercest battles of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to discuss repairing the harmed airstrip and to see the wreckage of the world's biggest cargo aircraft, local authorities said Wednesday.

Davyd Arakhamia, a deputy for Ukraine's Servant of individuals party, published images of Branson-- who established business including Virgin Galactic-- visiting the airfield, which is located in Hostomel, near Kyiv, on his Telegram channel.

In the accompanying post, Arakhamia said that the Virgin creator had "expressed his readiness to assist" in both repairing the airfield and constructing a brand-new version of the Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world's biggest freight aircraft-- which was destroyed throughout strong battling in February.

The An-225 had been used to transport humanitarian aid around the global and might hold as much as 250 tonnes of freight at any time. It was a sign of extreme national pride in Ukraine, and its damage triggered outrage.

" The unhappiness is so indescribable. I just understood that exactly two months ago I went on my last business journey. I flew on Mriya," pilot Dmytro Antonov informed Reuters at the time.

" The Russian occupiers can destroy anything, however never the dream," Arakhamia stated Wednesday.

" We are already dealing with a project to build a brand-new aircraft," he stated, adding that Branson was "pleasantly stunned by our optimism."

Alexander Khrebet, a press reporter for Ukrainian publication ZN, also shared photos of Branson's visit to Twitter.

Branson has actually not publicly discussed his trip to Hostomel, but earlier Wednesday a tweet from his main Twitter account mentioned a check out to neighboring Poland to discuss support for Ukraine.

Branson has actually previously spoken up about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He explained Putin as "callous" and computing, and later on contacted people to reduce their energy intake to reduce dependence on Russia.

A Virgin agent did not instantly react to a request for comment from Insider on Branson's visit.

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