A mysterious flash of light has lit up the skies over Kiev, sparking panic, confusion and speculation about what might have caused it.
Four short videos posted by journalist and blogger Anatolii Sharii on the Telegram channel show the sky Ukraine The capital suddenly brightened.
Sergiy Popko, head of the city’s military administration, described it as a “bright light” on the messaging app.
He said the air raid siren was activated but “the air defense system was not activated”.
In one clip, a flaming object appears to plummet to the ground.
Ukrainian Air Force, whose aim is to shoot down missiles and drones Russiasaying a satellite or meteorite falling from orbit could be the culprit.
“There is currently no risk of the enemy using air strike weapons,” it said.
A few minutes ago, presidential adviser Andriy Yermak tweeted a UFO emoji.
Social media users reacted to the meme as they speculated about the cause of the glow.
“Please do not use official Air Force symbols to make memes for the enemy to enjoy!” the Ukrainian Air Force said in a message.
Austria’s ambassador to Kiev posted a video and joked on Twitter that it was an alien spacecraft.
Citing so-called preliminary information, the city’s military administration said it was a plane crash nasa satellite.
NASA has denied this, saying it was announced earlier this week that it was Taking decommissioned satellites out of orbit.
It said the satellite, which was put into orbit in 2002 to study the sun, was still in orbit when the flash occurred.
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On Monday, NASA said the 300-kilogram Rhessi spacecraft was due to crash into the atmosphere on Wednesday night.
Most of it will burn up, but some parts are expected to fall to Earth.