The world’s biggest aircraft, the Antonov-225 cargo plane, was destroyed by Russian forces while it was under repair at an airfield in Gostomel near Kyiv, according to Ukraine’s state-run Ukroboronprom. Restoration of the aircraft, known as Mriya, will take more than five years at a cost of over $3 billion following the attack, Ukroboronprom said in a statement dated Sunday, adding that it aimed to ensure Russia covers the costs. “Russia has hit the Mriya as a symbol of Ukraine’s aviation capabilities,” the company said. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also tweeted about the aircraft.
The six-engine plane is 84 meters in length and 88 meters in wingspan. It took to the skies for the first time in December 1988, and it holds the record for delivering the largest commercial load. “The occupiers may have destroyed the jet, but they will not be able to destroy our shared dream,” Ukroboronprom stated. “Mriya will, without a doubt, be reborn.” “Our ‘Mriya’ may have been destroyed by Russia. They will, however, never be able to derail our vision of a robust, free, and democratic European state. We’re going to win! “He went on to say, Since President Vladimir Putin launched Russia’s invasion on Thursday, the airport has seen violent fighting.
According to the Russian army, it is attempting to seize critical infrastructure. According to the Russian army, it is attempting to seize critical infrastructure. Ukroboronprom, a weapons manufacturer, predicted that rebuilding the “Mriya” would cost more than $3 billion (2.7 billion euros) and take more than five years. “Our objective is to ensure that Russia, which purposefully damaged Ukraine’s aircraft, pays for these costs,” the group said. The An-225 was created as part of the Soviet aeronautical program and flew for the first time in 1919.
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