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Is The ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ Real?


If you’ve been paying any attention to the news, or any social media lately, you’ve probably heard of the elusive ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ by now. ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’ is a nickname given to a Ukrainian fulcrum pilot who allegedly scored 6 Russian kills within a period a 30 hours. These kills are said to include several Su-35s, an Su-27, a Russian Mig-29 and two Su-25s.  If this is to be believed, this would make ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’ the first ace pilot in a very long time. While there are several videos out there claiming to be of this ‘Ghost of Kyiv’, there is lots of misinformation surrounding the unidentified pilot.


Misinformation Regarding ‘The Ghost of Kyiv’

As with any viral topic, the internet has done what it does best and spread (intentionally or not), numerous pieces of false information regarding the ‘Ghost of Kyiv”. The first and most prominent piece of false information that went viral was a video that appeared to depict the Ghost in a dogfight with an Su-27 Flanker. However, it was later confirmed that this video was in fact, not real and was made using the ever popular simulator DCS World. That video can be found below:


Furthermore, many people are claiming that the ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ is in fact real, but there has yet to be any sort of evidence to support this claim. One of the people claiming that the Ghost is real is none other than former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. On February 27th, Poroshenko posted a photo of a Ukrainian fulcrum pilot dressed in his full flight garb, thus making him unidentifiable. There is much speculation as to whether or not this pilot really is the ‘Ghost of Kyiv’. Currently, there is no reason to believe that he is, as Ukrainian officials are yet to even confirm the Ghost’s existence.


Why The ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ Is Good, Even If They Aren’t Real

The past couple of weeks have been a very difficult time for the people of Ukraine. In hard times, especially like times like these, it very easy for one to lose their sense of positivity or morale. Even if this alleged ace pilot doesn’t exist, the idea that they might exist is a very good morale booster for the people of Ukraine. Stories like these help keep people going during times of war and have for many years. I am glad that the Ukrainian people have something to give them hope during this troubling time and I hope to see that hope hold out for the foreseeable future.




We here at Daily Aero stand with the people of Ukraine and hope that this pointless war comes to a swift end. Slava Ukraini! Flag For Ukraine Emoji (Apple/iOS Version)

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