Ukranian ‘dream’ plane destroyed by Russia amid invasion

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Feb. 28 (UPI) — Russia destroyed the world’s largest plane — the Antonov AN-225 “Mriya” — the Ukrainian Defense Industry reported.

The legendary plane — named “Dream” in Ukrainian — was in service for more than 30 years and used to airlift humanitarian aid to countries.

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The plane was struck by Russian forces on Sunday while parked on an airfield near Kyiv. The Ukrainian Defense Industry said that it will be restored at the expense of Russia.

“It will cost over $3 billion to restore the plane, the restoration shall be time-consuming,” the industry wrote in a statement. “Ukraine will make every effort to ensure that the aggressor state pays for these works.”

Ukrainians and government officials expressed that the hope the plane symbolized will still live on.

“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 tweeted on Sunday.

The Gostomel Airport was also damaged in enemy fire, according to Euronews.

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