Ukraine’s armed forces warned Russia on Friday that the possibly mythical fighter pilot dubbed the Ghost of Kiev is “coming for your soul.”
The country’s general staff posted a photo on its Facebook page showing the alleged pilot wearing a black visor and an oxygen mask in the cockpit of his MiG-29 fighter jet.
“’Hello, nasty Russian, I’ve come to get your soul!’ – the ghost of Kyiv,” the menacing message said.
The pilot in the photo can be seen showing off his Soviet-designed aircraft’s missiles.
Ghost of Kiev rumors went viral on social media almost as soon as the Russian invasion began on February 24.
One story claimed that the Ghost supposedly shot down up to six Russian aircraft on the first day of combat.
Ukrainian officials have not confirmed whether the Ghost is real – or just an urban legend.
Either way, the pilot became a folk hero amid the bloodshed and the term was adopted to refer to the entire Ukrainian Air Force.
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The armed forces’ phantom threat came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again pleaded with NATO and its allies to impose a no-fly zone amid constant Russian bombardment.
These calls have so far been rejected by the United States and NATO.
US lawmakers warned earlier this week that such a move would bring US forces into direct contact with Russian troops and could trigger World War III.
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