Who is the ‘Ghost of Kyiv’?
The Ghost of Kyiv is the nickname given to an unconfirmed MiG-29 Fulcrumflying ace credited with shooting down six Russian planes in the Kyiv offensive on 24 February 2022. The Ghost of Kyiv is likely an urban legend, but their status was credited as a major morale boost for the Ukrainian population.
Is ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ Real Or Fake?
So far, there has been no confirmation or official source that proves the existence of the ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’. However, there are several images and videos that have been going viral on social media, presenting Ukrainians with the much-needed hope and motivation to resist the Russian onslaught. On February 25, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took to Twitter to share a post that was seen as the closest confirmation of the existence of ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’. Poroshenko has shared what he claims to be a photo of the pilot.
“He causes terror in enemies and pride in Ukrainians,” Poroshenko tweeted. He has six victories over Russian pilots! With such powerful defenders, Ukraine will definitely win!” the former president remarked.
However, the news was quickly busted by fact-checkers who found that the image of ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’ was not real. Fact-checking website Snopes found that it was made using a simulation game.
Whether he is just an urban legend or a phenomenally skilled pilot, it is certain that ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’ has reignited hope in the Ukrainian civilisation that they still had a slim chance to fight back.
Is ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ Dead?
There is no confirmation about whether Ghost Of Kyiv is dead or not. So far, there has been no confirmation or official source that proves the existence of the ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’.
Ghost Of Kyiv History and Update
Videos on social media began widely circulating of fighter jets in Ukraine on the first day of the Russian invasion in February 2022, claiming of a single pilot who took down multiple Russian jets. A possible or legendary pilot of a МіG-29, nicknamed the “Ghost of Kyiv” by the Ukrainian public, supposedly won six air fights in the sky of Kyiv during the first 30 hours of the invasion. The six planes are reported as two Su-35 planes, two Su-25 planes, a Su-27 plane and a МіG-29 plane. If the ace does exist, they would be the first recorded fighter ace of the 21st century, as well as an Ace in a Day.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence claims that, should the downings be confirmed, the Ghost of Kyiv could be one of dozens of experienced pilots of military reserve who urgently returned to the Armed Forces of Ukraine after Russia invaded. In a tweet, it referred to the Ghost of Kyiv as “the air avenger”. However, in a claim by Ukrainian commander-in-chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, he said he could only confirm a total of six Russian planes downed on the first day of fighting in Ukraine, though there may have been more.
Though no official Ukrainian authority or news outlet has independently verified the Ghost of Kyiv, former politicians and diplomats have. Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko posted a tweet of a photograph of a fighter pilot, claiming it to be the Ghost of Kyiv, who Poroshenko said was real.FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS