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According to a government report, ‘cosmic’ and ‘phantom’ UFOs are all over Ukraine’s skies.

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Night sky over Kyiv, Ukraine

According to a new report from Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences’ Main Astronomical Observatory, the skies over Kyiv are swarming with unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

Of course, given that Russia and Ukraine have been engaged in a months-long conflict that relies heavily on aircraft and drones, many of these so-called UFOs are likely military tools that appear too quickly to identify, according to a US intelligence agency.

The report, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, was published to the preprint database arXiv and describes recent steps that Ukrainian astronomers have taken to monitor fast-moving, low-visibility objects in the daytime sky over Kyiv and the surrounding villages.

Astronomers observed dozens of objects “that cannot scientifically be identified as known natural phenomena” using specially calibrated cameras at two weather stations in Kyiv and Vinarivka, a village about 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the south, according to the report.

Such objects are commonly referred to by government agencies as UAPs, which stand for “unidentified aerial phenomena.”

“We observe a significant number of objects whose nature is unknown,” wrote the team. “They’re everywhere.”

The researchers classified their UAP observations as “cosmics” or “phantoms.” Cosmics, according to the report, are luminous objects that shine brighter than the background sky. These objects are labeled with bird names, such as “swift,” “falcon,” and “eagle,” and have been observed flying alone as well as in “squadrons,” according to the team.

Phantoms, on the other hand, are dark objects that appear “completely black,” as if absorbing all light falling on them, according to the team.

The researchers estimated that phantoms range in size from 10 to 40 feet (3 to 12 meters) wide and can travel at speeds of up to 33,000 mph (53,000 km/h) by comparing observations from the two participating observatories. According to The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, an intercontinental ballistic missile can reach speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 km/h).

The researchers made no assumptions about what these UFOs could be. Their paper, on the other hand, focuses on the methods and calculations used to detect the objects. According to a 2021 report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), at least some UAP are likely to be “technologies deployed by China, Russia, another nation, or a non-governmental entity.”

Given Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which began in February 2022, it’s reasonable to suspect that some of the UAP mentioned in the new report are linked to foreign surveillance or military technologies.

Other possible explanations for UAP, according to the ODNI report, include “airborne clutter” such as birds and balloons; atmospheric phenomena such as ice crystals; or classified government projects. Neither the United States nor Ukraine has reported any extraterrestrial visitors.

Since 2017, when several videos taken by US Navy aircraft were leaked to the media, the US government has openly renewed its interest in UAP investigations. The now-famous videos depicted unidentified aircraft performing seemingly impossible maneuvers with no explanation.

The government later declassified the footage and recently revealed that more military footage of UAP encounters exists, though the DOD will not release it due to “national security concerns.” Earlier this year, Congress approved funding for the DOD to establish a new office solely dedicated to managing reports of UFO sightings by US military personnel. According to the authors of the new UAP report from Ukraine, the country’s National Academy of Science is interested in contributing to this ongoing research.

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