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The Ukrainian navy formally ended hypothesis in regards to the “Ghost of Kyiv,” admitting that the legendary pilot is definitely a fable.
“Ghost of Kiev is a superhero-legend whose character was created by Ukrainians!” the Ukrainian Air Pressure said in a Facebook post Saturday.
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The admission comes after it was reported Friday that 29-year-old Main Stepan Tarabalka, who some had credited with being the Ghost of Kyiv, was shot down and killed in battle final month.
Tales of the legendary pilot grew within the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with some crediting the legendary pilot with capturing down at the least 40 Russian fighter jets as Ukrainian forces defended the capital metropolis of Kyiv.
Although Ukrainian Air Pressure acknowledged that Tarabalka was not the Ghost of Kyiv, they did credit score him for serving “heroically” previous to his demise.
“Hero of Ukraine Stepan Tarabalka is NOT ‘Ghost of Kiev’ and he did NOT hit 40 planes,” the put up mentioned. “On March 13, 2022, Major Stepan Tarabalka was heroically killed in an air battle with the dominant forces of the Russian occupiers.”
Regardless of the admission that the Ghost of Kyiv was not an actual pilot, the Ukrainian Air Pressure celebrated the legend Saturday, saying the story represents the resilience of the Ukrainian individuals.
“The information about the death of the The Ghost of Kyiv is incorrect,” the Ukrainian Air Pressure said on Twitter. “The Ghost Of Kyiv is alive, it embodies the collective spirit of the highly qualified pilots of the Tactical Aviation Brigade who are successfully defending Kyiv and the region.”