During such difficult times, the account of a Ukrainian jet pilot who has become a heroic figure is inspiring the citizens of Ukraine. Since the Kremlin assault started, a mysterious person identified only by many as the “Ghost of Kyiv” has claimed responsibility for shooting down 6 Russian aircraft.
People in Kyiv, ex-president Petro Poroshenko, as well as the Army have all shared footage and photographs that purport to depict the aviator in combat.
Footage showing the alleged Ghost of Kyiv firing missiles on a Russian fighter jet has been widely publicized. A man comments in Russian: “There’s an aircraft. Wait, there’s still some. “It’s going to blow up.” The computer videogame Digital Combat Simulator has a scene similar to this.
On Feb 24, the individual who submitted the footage to YouTube said, “This film is indeed from DCS, but is however done out of reverence for the ‘Ghosts of Kyiv,'” referring to Ukraine’s capital. Allah bless the man if he’s genuine, and I hope for even more people like him even if he’s phony.”
Crazy footage of a MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force shooting down a Su-35 fighter jet of #Russia’s Air Force over Ukraine’s capital #Kyiv today. Likely using the R-73 infrared homing missile. #Ukraine #RussiaInvadesUkraine #worldwar3 #WorldWarIII #WWIII pic.twitter.com/MWGRfhnexB
— Ukrainelive (@Ukrainelive5) February 25, 2022
Digital Combat Simulator World’s spokesperson verified to Reporters that the screenshots and text are actually taken out of the videogame.
The Similar Instance Happened In 2019
Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who served the office between 2014 to 2019, shared an image on the micro-blogging site of an aviator in an aircraft wearing protective gear and claiming to be “the Ghost of Kyiv.” The Former Head of State tweeted, “Our Country will absolutely triumph!” with “such great defense.”
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The Defense ministry shared this image roughly in 2019. It’s possible that the flyer in the photo is testing out a new helmet. Because the picture is so ancient, even though it’s of the mystery pilot, we can’t say for sure.
Numerous images purporting to portray Vladimir Abdonov are picking up steam, as well as the moniker is generating headlines. A few of the images are obviously fakes. A photo-processing software’s so-called noise assessment, for example, may reveal that the preceding picture has been manipulated.
When photos are manipulated, there are typically obvious remnants in the background that may be seen. Specifically, this is evident in the aviator’s helmet, the emblem on his shoulder, as well as the Ukrainian flags in the backdrop.
Using a reverse photo search proves that it was a phony. Since then, the image has emerged worldwide with a new face, a fresh insignia on the shoulder, and also no symbol in the backdrop. There is a grey maple leaf, an emblem of the Canadian Air Force, visible on the jet behind the operator. Although this detail may have been overlooked throughout the photoshop process, it serves as an obvious giveaway that the photograph is, in fact, a Canadian one.