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Did Ukrainian pilot dubbed ‘ghost of Kyiv’ take down Russian jets? What fact-checkers say

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Unconfirmed reports have been circulating about a heroic Ukrainian pilot, dubbed the the "ghost of Kyiv”.

February 26, 2022 / 03:43 PM IST
Russia-Ukraine crisis: The video of the “ghost of Kyiv” in combat has been found to be fake. Fact-checkers say it has been created using a simulation game. (Screengrab from image tweeted by @ItsOlegi21)

Russia-Ukraine crisis: The video of the “ghost of Kyiv” in combat has been found to be fake. Fact-checkers say it has been created using a simulation game. (Screengrab from image tweeted by @ItsOlegi21)

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, unconfirmed reports about a Ukrainian pilot, dubbed the the "ghost of Kyiv”, emerged on social media. Many people claimed that he had shot down several Russian planes.


Many Twitter users shared an unverified video, claiming to show the pilot in combat. Others did not outright believe the videos but hoped for them to be true.