The largest cargo plane ever built burned down after a Russian attack on Hostomil Airport near Kyiv. It is reported that the damage caused by the destruction of the Antonov An-225 Mriya is more than 3 billion dollars.
According to Ukrainian sources, the world’s heaviest cargo aircraft, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, was destroyed in the fighting near Kyiv. The Ukrainian arms company “Okroboronprom” announced that “Russian invaders” had killed the “major” of Ukrainian aviation.
The machine was parked at Hostomil Airport northwest of Kyiv. Ukraine will do everything in its power to ensure that the “aggressor” pays more than $3 billion in costs.
“Maybe Russia has destroyed our Maria,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter, noting that the Ukrainian word means “dream” in German. But they will never end our dream of a strong, free and democratic European state.” President Volodymyr Zelensky made a similar statement.
Designed in Soviet times, the Antonov An-225 has a length of 84 meters and can carry up to 250 tons of cargo. It was originally built to transport the Soviet space shuttle Buran.
The machine named “Mriya” (Dream) completed its maiden flight in 1988. After 1994, the large plane had to stay on the ground for years due to lack of money. Now Antonov had to invest $20 million in modernizing the aircraft. It now has a maximum range of 13,000 kilometers and a top speed of 850 kilometers per hour.
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