by Kelen McBreen

Fog of War exacerbated by hardcore propaganda efforts

From the “Ghost of Kiev” to the “Snake Island” massacre, the world is being lied to again and again

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With the world intensely watching the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, television, radio and internet media have been flooded with fake news amidst the fog of war.

What else should we expect from a Western-controlled global media, an actor-turned president and a population quick to share anything making Putin look bad whether it’s real or not.

From the “Ghost of Kiev” to the “Snake Island” guards who told a Russian warship to “go fuck yourself”, it seems as if almost none of the media’s big Ukraine stories have been true.

Even worse than media outlets failing to do their due diligence in confirming these reports and citizens blindly sharing them, is the response by those who are confronted with reality.

For example, after it was made public that the “Ghost of Kiev,” a Ukrainian pilot who allegedly shot down seven Russian fighter jets in one day, was a made-up story, social media was flooded by people clinging on to the fairy tale.

By Monday, the number of supposed kills made by “The Ghost” surged to a whopping 14!

An article published by The Drive, titled, “The ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ Is The Mythical Hero Ukraine Needs Right Now,” ran with a subheadline admitting, “There is no evidence that a single MiG pilot shot down multiple Russian warplanes, but, historically, such legends are potent morale boosters.”

The author continued, “While the odds are very much stacked against this narrative being true, there is the slimmest possibility that something truly extraordinary in the annals of air combat has taken place in the skies over Ukraine, even if it doesn’t include a pilot becoming an ‘ace in a day.’”

A video with nearly 2 million views tells the story of the legendary pilot as if it were the Gospel truth, and media across the globe promoted the fable.

Delusional YouTube commenters said they “hope” the legend is true and that they “want this to be real.”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) embarrassingly tweeted a photoshopped image of comedian Sam Hyde, claiming it to show the “Ghost of Kyiv.”

Kinzinger also published a 2016 image on Friday, falsely promoting it as a modern photo of wartorn Ukraine.

Popular sports radio personality KFC Barstool was triggered that not everyone is pushing the fake news.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted a photo of “The Ghost of Kiev,” but the same image was posted in 2019 by a Ukrainian military Twitter page.

Is it a coincidence that the same pilot photographed in 2019 has now become the “Ghost,” or is the former president lying?

Other unverified “war heroes” are being promoted on social media, such as the “Ukrainian Reaper” who is said to have killed over 20 Russian soldiers and the “Kharviv Killer”, a 17-year-old sniper who allegedly took down 3 BTR-82As and 2 BTR-80s.

While both of these individuals and their supposed accomplishments could be real, there is currently no proof available to confirm these tales.

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