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Astronomers observed dozens of objects that "cannot be scientifically identified."
The skies over Kyiv are swarming with unidentified flying objects (UFOs), according to a new report from the Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Of course, given that Russia and Ukraine have been locked in a months-long war that relies heavily on aircraft and drones, it's likely that many of these so-called UFOs are military tools that appear too fleetingly to identify, a U.S. intelligence agency has speculated.
Published to the preprint database arXiv, the report — which has not yet been peer-reviewed — describes recent steps that Ukrainian astronomers have taken to monitor fast-moving, low-visibility objects in the daytime sky over Kyiv and the surrounding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. Using specially calibrated cameras at two weather stations in Kyiv and Vinarivka, a village about 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the south, astronomers observed dozens of objects "that cannot scientifically be identified as known natural phenomena," the report said.
Government agencies tend to refer to such objects as UAP, short for "unidentified aerial phenomena."
The report, released in mid-September by scientists at Kyiv's Main Astronomical Observatory (MAO), described "a significant number of objects whose nature is not clear," including multiple so-called "phantoms" which appeared completely black against the sky and seemed to zip through the atmosphere at up to 33,000 mph (53,000 km/h) — roughly twice as fast as an intercontinental ballistic missile.
A recent report about pitch-black "phantom" UFOs in the skies over Ukraine has been discredited by the Ukrainian government and by Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb.