The Ghost of Kyiv — an internet legend and supposed hero who reportedly shot down 40 enemy planes since Russia invaded Ukraine — never actually existed, the Eastern European nation has now admitted.
Recently, various media outlets reported that Major Stepan Tarabalka, a 29-year-old Ukrainian father who was recently killed in battle, was the heroic “Ghost of Ukraine.” On Sunday, the New York Post reported that the Ukrainian air force announced on its Facebook page that those reports were not true, and that the alleged near-mythological pilot was simply a myth.
“Ghost of Kyiv is a superhero-legend whose character was created by Ukrainians!” the Ukrainian Air Force Command’s Facebook account shared in a post.
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“Hero of Ukraine Stepan Tarabalka is NOT ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ and he did NOT