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Ukraine’s Mriya, The World’s Largest Plane Has Been Destroyed By Russian Airstrikes

Meaning ‘Dream’ in Ukrainian, Mriya, the largest plane in the world, has been destroyed by Russian strikes outside of Kyiv.

The Antonov-225 cargo plane (AN-225) was at the Antonov airport in Gostomel, near Kyiv, when Russian invaders destroyed it. Dubbed the ‘flagship of Ukrainian aviation, Myria was the largest plane globally.

Weapons manufacturer, Ukroboronprom, estimated that restoring the "Mriya" would cost over US$3 billion (2.7 billion euros) and could take over five years.

The aircraft was unique to the world; at 84 metres long (276 feet) it could transport up to 250 metric tons (551,000 pounds) of cargo at a speed of up to 850 kilometres per hour (528 mph).

"This was the world's largest aircraft, AN-225 'Mriya'," Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted Sunday.

"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!", he added.

"Our mission is to ensure that these expenses are covered by Russia, which deliberately inflicted damage on Ukraine's aviation," stated Ukraine's state-owned Ukroboronprom group. 

Gostomel airport, where Mriya was stationed, has seen violent clashes since the start of Russia's invasion, launched by President Vladimir Putin Thursday. The Russian army stated it is trying to seize strategic infrastructure.