Oops… “Ghost of Kyiv” Turns Out to Be Fake Video Game Footage
All over social media and television, people are talking about him. The mysterious “Ghost of Kyiv”, an ACE fighter pilot that shot down 6 Russian fighter jets over the course of just 24 hours, a practically unattainable stat.
If you were thinking this sounds too good to be true, it most certainly is.
The original video, uploaded to YouTube by Comrade_Corb, now has a disclaimer in both the title and description of the video that it was simulated in DCS World.
Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) World is a free-to-play 2008 video game in which the player can set up different scenarios where enemy combatants engage each other with an assortment of different weapons and vehicles.
While the video originally did not credit the footage to being fake, many fans of the video game were quick to note the familiar graphics and call it out in the comments and on social media.
Despite acknowledging the fake footage, Barstool Host KFC compared the supposed ACE Pilot to Santa Claus and stated that he has personal fantasies that the pilot is real and is killing Russians, even alluding that it might be a woman.
Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko tweeted an image of a MiG-29 Pilot, claiming him to be the “Ghost of Kyiv”. From Ukrainian to English, Poroshenko states:
In the photo – the MiG-29 pilot. The same “Ghost of Kiev”.
It terrifies enemies and pride Ukrainians 🇺🇦
He has 6 victories over Russian pilots!
With such powerful defenders, Ukraine will definitely win!
However, the picture of the pilot is actually taken from an article published on April 25, 2019. The article can be found here.
Another fan of the alleged pilot is RINO Congressman Dan Crenshaw. Crenshaw also seemed to fantasize the idea of Ukrainian civilians using terroristic methods to kill and incinerate Russians, a blatant war crime. Use of incendiary devices on enemy personnel in order to burn them to death is a violation of the Geneva Convention
While there still remains the possibility that the “Ghost of Kyiv” is real, there doesn’t seem to be any substantial proof of his existence. The only footage corroborating his story is made in a video game.
Although Petro Poroshenko supplied a 3-year old image of a Ukrainian Pilot, this hardly confirms the existence of a 6 kill master fighter.
The Russian government has also denied the loss of multiple fighter jets over Kyiv, calling the whole idea of the Ghost blatant propaganda.
What’s more likely, is that the story is fabricated government propaganda meant to inspire Ukrainians in a time of war, and also help the western NATO allies cope with their feeling of impotency.
Michael Knowles said it best: