Massive dogfights, heroic sacrifice – the truth behind the ‘Ghost of Kyiv’: The astonishing real story of the air war over Ukraine is revealed by Dr JUSTIN BRONK and DAVID AVERRE – who explain how Putin is worryingly close to retaking the skies

In the days after Russia invaded Ukraine, the world became obsessed with the ‘Ghost of Kyiv’.

The legend of the fighter ace turned out to be myth – but now we are learning the real story of the how Ukraine’s small air force held back the might of Russian air power in new RUSI research by Dr Justin Bronk.

These heroics in massive dogfights came at a heavy cost with many top Ukrainian pilots paying with their lives .

Here we explain the battle with dramatic video footage from the ground and air. 



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