Russian Ka-52 shot down in Hostomel, Ukraine, one of the pilots taken prisoner as Russian troops captured Antonov airport outside Kyiv
As the fight intensifies between Russia and Ukraine, there are multiple reports that Russian troops have captured the Antonov international airport just outside of Kyiv, The Times of Israel reported. A CNN reporter on the ground, Natasha Bertrand, also confirmed the report in a tweet.
Breaking: @mchancecnn with Russian forces at the Antonov airport about 15 miles outside of Kyiv. "These troops you can see over here, they are Russian airborne forces. They have taken this airport" pic.twitter.com/SnvmwQ1GeA
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 24, 2022
Meanwhile, a video posted by Belarusian journalist Tadeusz Giczan showed that a Russian Ka-52 helicopter with ‘Belarusian’ V marking was shot down in Hostomel, Ukraine. Giczan added that one of the pilots has been taken as a prisoner.
Earlier Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the goal of Russia is aimed at the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine.
In a statement, Peskov said: “Ideally, Ukraine should be liberated, cleansed of Nazis, of pro-Nazi people and ideology,” adding that the ongoing operations would end only once these objectives have been reached. Meanwhile, there were early reports that President Zelensky has been offered safe passage if he leaves Ukraine.
Below is a video of Russian tanks rolling past CNN reporter while he’s live on air. “That is the road leading to Ukraine,” the reporter said.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 24, 2022