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Russia vs Ukraine: Russia destroys world’s largest plane ‘Mriya’ in Ukraine

In a new development in Ukraine’s ongoing conflicts, it has been revealed that Russia has destroyed the Antonov AN-225, the world’s largest airplane, in the midst of the country’s continuous war.

According to CNN, the large aircraft, called “Mriya” (which means “dream” in Ukrainian), was parked at an airstrip near Kyiv when it was bombed by Russian forces.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has declared that they want to reconstruct the massive aircraft in order to continue to protect their country.

“Russia may have destroyed our ‘Mriya,’ but they will never be able to destroy our dream of a strong, free, and democratic European State. We shall prevail!” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter, updating observers on the situation.

Also, a tweet from the Antonov Company said it could not verify the “technical condition” of the aircraft until it had been inspected by experts. Ukrainian State defense company, Ukroboronprom, which manages Antonov, on Sunday, in a statement, confirmed that the aircraft had been destroyed, but would be rebuilt at Russia’s expense.

“The restoration of Mriya is estimated to take over 3 billion USD and over five years,” the statement read.

“Our task is to ensure that these costs are covered by the Russian Federation, which has caused intentional damage to Ukraine’s aviation and the air cargo sector,” it said.

One of the engines was detached for maintenance, according to Antonov Airlines’ director, and the plane in Kyiv was unable to take off that day, despite the required directives being delivered.

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