If Ulyanovsk can repair the RuAF's An-124s surely it can fix Volga-Dnieper's?
Anyway, the RuAF is still short of An-124s. No reason why it can't do some civilian freight work too.
All sounds a bit bizarre. Its the hohols and the Washington gang that should carry the can, NOT V-D staff.
I think Russia needs to get certification for Ulyanovsk An-124s asap for civilian use.
Ofcourse the hohols will try and throw spanners in the works. So they should be ignored.