April 16 - Despite reports in the international media claiming that the Ukrainian Government had fired Dmitry Kiva from the company, Antonov has confirmed that he remains president and general designer of Antonov.

Antonov states: "Mr Kiva was fired by the Ukrainian Government as president of Antonov State Aircraft Building Concern, which unites Antonov Company, Kyiv Repair plant 410 of Civil Aviation and Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Company.

"He remains the president, general designer of Antonov company and has not left the company."