Does dumping out your Russian vodka feel too much like renaming French fries “Freedom fries”? It just seems like we have seen enough of this movie before to advocate caution and prudence.
Indeed, just days into the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, some of the “footage” emerging feels and sounds like scenes from a movie:
There is the story of the Ghost of Kyiv, a Ukrainian fighter who allegedly took down three, four, five, six Russian planes on the first day of the conflict, depending on which reports you believe.
The official Twitter account of Ukraine tweeted a video on Sunday that read: “Ukraine probably got the first ace since World War II, In the first 30 hours of the Russian invasion in February 2022 he shot down six Russian military aircraft,” it reads as a video montage of fighter jets plays. “As of February 26 – 10 military planes of the occupiers. To become an ace pilot, you need to shoot down five planes. And the Ghost of Kyiv shot down twice as many. … God speed and happy hunting.”
As of today – the Ghost remains “anonymous.”
Real or wholly fictionalized propaganda, the Ghost of Kyiv is most certainly not meme sensation and comedian Sam Hyde.
But that is who U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger implied that it was in a since deleted tweet with a doctored photo reading “The Ghost of Kyiv has a name, and he has absolutely owned the Russian Air Force. Godspeed and more kills, Samuyil!”
A story I initially found moving involved “The legend of Snake Island” and the Ukrainians who died valiantly after telling a Russian naval ship “Russian warship – go F– yourself” rather than laying down their arms.
Except the Ukrainians apparently did survive and did surrender.
Then we have Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, in war fatigues and spouting off epic one-liners, like “I need ammo, not a ride” allegedly in response to an offer to be airlifted out of the country.
This post originally appeared on WND News Center.