Russia has destroyed the ‘biggest plane in the world’.
It’s been four days since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine, sending thousands of his troops across the border.
Since then, there have been dozens of skirmishes between Ukrainian and Russian forces, with hundreds of people, including civilians, losing their lives.
And during a battle at Hostomel airport, about an hour outside Kyiv, the Antonov AN-225 ‘Mriya’, the ‘largest transport plane in the world’ and the only one of its kind was reportedly destroyed by Russian forces.
Two Antonov employees told Ukrainian radio Radio Svoboda the attack had seen the plane, which was parked in a hanger, burned down.
According to reports, the aircraft was used to transport large amounts of humanitarian aid around the world at short notice.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, shared a photograph of the plane and stated that the country would not give up.
He said: “This was the world’s largest aircraft, AN-225 ‘Mriya’ (‘Dream’ in Ukrainian). 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!”
The news was also reported by the official Twitter account of Ukraine.