Ghost of Kyiv: Former President of Ukraine lauds alleged ace Ukrainian fighter pilot
Petro Poroshenko posted a photo of a fighter pilot he says is the Ghost of Kyiv, who allegedly shot down six Russian planes on the first day of fighting.
The Ghost of Kyiv has become a Ukrainian hero across social media, as stories spread of a fighter pilot who had allegedly downed six Russian planes in the first day of the invasion of Putin's forces. While the stories of the Ghost remain unconfirmed and the facts coming from the conflict would suggest it is unlikely to be true, former Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, posted a photo of a pilot on Twitter saying this was none other than the Ghost of Kyiv.
In the tweet the former president says: "In the photo - the MiG-29 pilot. None other than the Ghost of Kyiv. He causes terror in enemies and pride in Ukrainians. He has six victories over Russian pilots! With such powerful defenders, Ukraine will definitely win"!
Photo of Ghost of Kyiv
The photo was identified as an old photo of a fighter pilot, on Sina.cn, a Chinese website, with the legend, Ukrainian MiG-29 pilots switching to French MSA Gallet - LA100 helmet. (MSA being a helmet manufacturer and the LA100 being a lightweight flight helmet for jet aircraft pilots performing combat missions or aerobatics flights on jet fighters using oxygen supply and ejection seat.)
Of course that doesn't mean this isn't the pilot who is known as the Ghost of Kyiv, just that this particular photo wasn't taken during the conflict. Former President Poroshenko does not name the pilot or give any details about them.
It may be that the Ghost of Kyiv is real and Poroshenko has posted an old photo of them, or it may be that the former President is boosting an urban legend that is giving hope to his beleaguered fellow Ukrainian citizens as they face a massive invasion of their lands.
Ukraine claim to have downed two Russian Ilushyn II-76s
Earlier today, Ukraine claimed to have downed two Russian Ilushyn II-76s, at least one of which was apparently carrying tens of paratroopers.
However, according to a senior Western intelligence official, talking on condition of anonymity to AFP, Russia has almost entirely eliminated Ukraine's air defences and "they no longer have an air force to fly and protect themselves. Essentially the Russians now have complete air superiority over Ukraine."