On September 13, 2022, Vice Motherboard rand published an articled called “Ukraine’s Astronomers Say There Are Tons of UFOs Over Kyiv.” Astronomers at the main observatory in Kiev described black, extremely fast moving objects, that absorbed radiation. These objects were so fast, that they had to design a system involving two observatories, 60 miles a part, just to detect them.

The paper cited by Vice Motherboard didn’t specifically mention the war, but in the past, UFOs have made their appearance over war zones. From the Foo Fighters of the 40s, to an account investigated by NICAP during the Vietnam war in 1966, soldiers, pilots, and officials have reported strange things in the skies.

Spencer Wirth Davis (The Layers Lair & Dang! That’s Weird) joins me to discuss “smoke balls” and “swarms of bees” over Europe, a comforting UFO story in Algeria, and the Batwoman of Vietnam.


“Ukraine’s Astronomers Say There Are Tons of UFOs Over Kyiv” by Matthew Gault Vice Motherboard

Unidentified aerial phenomena I. Observations of events by B.E. Zhilyaev, V.N. Petukhov and V.M. Reshetnyk Cornell University

UFOs Before Roswell: European Foo-Fighters 1940-1945 by Graeme Rendall

UFOs in Wartime: What They Didn’t Want You To Know by Mack Maloney

Week of June 12–18, 2022: The Tragedy and Mystery of PCF-19, June 16, 1968

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Rob Kristoffersen is an amateur UFO researcher from the Adirondacks of Northern New York. He is the host of the podcast, Our Strange Skies: UFOs Throughout History.