The largest cargo plane in the world, the Ukraine-made Antonov-225 Mriya (AN-225), has reportedly been destroyed by the Russians after an assault had taken place on Hostomel (or Gostomel) Airport near Kyiv as reported by Ukroboronprom on February 27. The plane named “Mriya,” or the “dream” in Ukrainian, has been a source of Ukrainian pride, especially with aviation enthusiasts who marvel at the sheer size and engineering of the plane.

“Russian occupiers destroyed the flagship of Ukrainian aviation — the legendary An-225 Mriya. This happened at the Antonov airfield in Gostomel near Kyiv, where the plane was,” reported Ukroboronprom on their website.

The plane AN-225 was parked at Hostomel Airport for repairs on February 24 and was left vulnerable to the Russian attack when the troops were on their way to Kyiv. The engines of the said airplane were dismantled for repairs and thus could not be flown to another location. Ukraine has also expressed its intent to restore the Mriya back to its original form, and they also intend the Russians to shoulder its cost as they had destroyed it.

“Mriya will definitely be reborn. The restoration is estimated to take over 3 bln USD and over 5 years. 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,” said Ukroboronprom through a statement.