- Mryia, the Antonov-225 cargo plane, has sustained over $3 billion in damage after a Russian attack
- It was the largest aircraft in the world with over 30 years of service and provided help to many countries in the last three decades
- Aircraft enthusiasts were devastated by the news, with many taking to social media to express their sadness that the great machine has been taken out of commission
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KYIV- The Antonov-225 cargo plane, Mryia, the world's largest aircraft, was destroyed in an attack by Russian forces while stationed near Kyiv in an airfield for repairs.
The Russian attack has resulted in over $3 billion in damage to Mryia, which will take at least five years to repair. Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's aerospace and defence company, made a statement on the attack in which they said that they are fighting to get Russia to pay for the damages.
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“The occupiers destroyed the aeroplane, but they won’t be able to destroy our common dream. Mriya will definitely be reborn," Ukroboronprom said.
The way forward for Mryia, according to Ukroboronprom
According to CNN, the Antonov Company is investigating the damage and will verify the technical condition of Mryia once they have completed it. Hostomel, the airfield where Myria was stationed, has been captured by Russian forces.
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The hangar where Mryia was being kept for repairs has also been significantly damaged. There were also several fires at Hostomel, which explosives could have caused. TimesLIVE reports.
Mryia has been in service for over 30 years and was used in the Soviet Union. The aircraft provided relief to countries experiencing natural disasters and conflict.
Reactions to Russian destruction of the world's largest aircraft
"After 34 years of service, I can’t believe this beauty of aviation is gone."
"Was this really necessary?"
Germany does a U-turn on Ukraine, sending anti-tank weapons instead of 5 000 helmets
Speaking of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Briefly News recently reported earlier in the week, Germany announced that it would be sending helmets to Ukraine to help soldiers and citizens resist the Russian invasion.
However, following the widespread outcry, the country had done a dramatic u-turn and cancelled the shipment of helmets.
Instead, they are arming the Ukrainians with anti-tank weapons systems and missiles. The German government will supply Ukraine with 1 000 anti-tank weapons and 500 stinger missiles, a powerful anti-air weapon system.
Source: Briefly News