A mysterious flash of light was seen in the night sky above Kyiv. It has generated much speculation. The speculations range from it being an air attack by Russia to being a NASA satellite. The US space agency told the BBC, that it isn't a satellite, as the satellite in question is still in orbit.
Ukrainian space officials said later the flash had probably come from a meteorite entering the atmosphere. The bright glow was spotted in the night sky above the capital at around 10 pm local time on Wednesday.
An air raid alert was activated but "air defence was not in operation", the head of Kyiv's military administration, Serhiy Popko, said on Telegram.
Popko suggested it was caused by a Nasa space satellite falling to Earth, referring to the RHESSI satellite, used to observe solar flares, which was launched into low Earth orbit in 2002. The RHESSI satellite was decommissioned in 2018. Videos of the sky illuminated by the light prompted memes about aliens and unidentified flying objects.
Air Force spokesman Yuri Ihnat told Ukrainian TV that the flash had also been seen over neighbouring Belarus to the north, BBC reported.