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UKRAINIANS have insisted The Ghost of Kyiv is REAL after releasing a photo they claim is of the legendary pilot who has shot down ten Russian jets.
The Ukrainian military shared the image of the alleged ace with a threat aimed at Russian pilots, reading: “Hello, occupier, I’m coming for your soul!”.
In the snap, a person can be seen in the cockpit of an MiG-29 fighter jet – but his face is concealed behind an oxygen mask and black visor as scepticism over whether he really exists lingers.
The so-called Ghost of Kyiv became a symbol of resistance in the face of Vladimir Putin's invasion after Ukrainian government officials shared macho propaganda of the masked pilot appearing to shoot down enemy planes.
Footage allegedly showed the MiG-29 jet soaring through the air before destroying six Kremlin planes on the first day Putin launched his war.
But one of the videos has been debunked by experts as being from the 2008 videogame Digital Combat Simulator.
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However, officials in Kyiv are still promoting the bizarre claims that the unnamed pilot does exist – trying to rally support for their resistance against the Russian invasion.
The Ukrainian government’s official account posted the 38 second clip on their social media back on February 27, writing: “People call him the Ghost of Kyiv.
"And rightly so – this UAF ace dominates the skies over our capital and country, and has already become a nightmare for invading Russian aircrafts.”
The footage starts with a cartoon mock-up of the plane, before going into the debunked footage of a destroyed Russian jet.
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Text then appears on the video, which states: “Ukraine probably got its first ace since World War II. This is the anonymous pilot of the MiG-29, nicknamed the Ghost of Kyiv.
“In the first 30 hours of the Russian invasion in February 2022 he shot down six Russian military aircraft.
“As of February 26 – 10 military planes of the occupiers. To become an ace pilot, you need to shoot down five planes. And the Ghost of Kyiv shot twice as many."
It comes as Ukraine's President has said that THOUSANDS of Russians have been captured as Putin continues his bungled invasion after losing three of his generals.
It comes as…
- Russian forces are massing near Kyiv as Ukraine is fortifying the capital for a long bloody siege
- Kremlin diplomats accused a pregnant woman of FAKING her injuries after Putin's forces bombed a hospital
- Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned – and its feared Chelsea could fold if he doesn't sell the club in 81 DAYS
- Russia has been accused of nuclear terrorism after bombing a reactor in Kharkiv
- Britain has warned that Russia could use chemical weapons as the invasion continues
- Incredible video shows a Russian armoured column being blitzed as it advances towards Kyiv
- Sanctions continue to bite – and one Russian was seen stocking up with dozens of McDonald's burgers as the company withdrew
Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the opening of a special headquarters for the treatment of prisoners of war amid Russia's bombardment of his country.
He said that the government's current infrastructure can't support the number of Russian fighters they've captured.
Putin has lost 11 military commanders and three generals so far in his shambolic invasion – as the spluttering campaign continues to take its toll on Moscow's forces.
The Ukrainians have now claimed to have killed more than 12,000 Russians since Putin ordered his troops into their country.
It follows reports that Russian troops who surrendered in Ukraine face a firing squad when they return.
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