Ukrainians react to flash over Kyiv with clever memes and jokes about aliens and UFOs

20 April, 12:10 PM
The flash in the sky over Kyiv caused a wave of memes (Photo:Бог Атеїстів / Twitter)

The flash in the sky over Kyiv caused a wave of memes (Photo:Бог Атеїстів / Twitter)

A bright flash lit up the skies over the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast late on April 19 — and it didn’t have to do with a Russian assault on the capital.

Footage of the flash appeared on social networks even before an air raid alert was sounded in the region.

Presidential Office head, Andriy Yermak, initially wrote about the activation of Kyiv’s air defenses, before editing his post to urge readers to wait for a comment from Ukraine’s Air Force.

Kyiv authorities reported at about 10.20 p.m. that an aerial target had been spotted in the skies over the region and asked to stay in shelters. The air raid alert was canceled in Kyiv and the oblast at 11 p.m.

Video of day

While waiting for official comment, social networks were flooded with memes and jokes about the invasion of UFOs, alien “lend-lease”, and “space warships.”

NV collected the reaction of social networks.

Kyiv City Military Administration chief, Serhiy Popko, reported that the flash was not the city’s air defenses knocking out enemy missiles, but rather “the result of a NASA satellite crash landing on earth.”

NASA reiterated that it was not the RHESSI satellite, which spokesperson Rob Margetta told the BBC was “still in orbit” when the phenomenon was visible over Kyiv.

NASA and the U.S. defense department continued to track RHESSI, he added.

The Alpha Centauri, a popular science channel, reported that the NASA satellite’s orbit did not pass over Ukraine on the evening of April 19 and speculated that the object in the sky was a bolide — a type of meteor.

The Main Special Control Center of Ukraine’s State Space Agency said on April 20 that its infrasound devices had registered a high-energy acoustic event on the territory of Ukraine late on April 19.

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