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UFO sightings up 283% in NYC from 2018

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2020 has already been quite an alien year. The number of UFO sightings this year, however, make it otherworldly!

UFO sightings across New York City rose by 31% from last year and an eye-popping 283% from 2018, according to the National UFO Reporting Center, The New York Post reported Saturday.

This year, there were 46 close encounters compared to 2019’s 35, miles ahead of the few dozen reported in 2018.

With 12 sightings, Brooklynites witnessed the most flying objects in 2020. Manhattan and Queens are on its tail with 11 and 10 sightings respectively. Staten Island, however, only reported eight. The Bronx disappointed, too, with only five reported from the borough.

It was during the summer when two of the more unforgettable encounters in the Big Apple occurred, The Post reports.

A Staten Islander spotted and stared at an “oval” aircraft that “looked and sounded like a helicopter in the early hours of July 21,” The Post writes. After which, the mysterious flying object “sent a surge of heat/radiation through my body!”

The Staten Islander “honestly thought it was the government putting something into the air with everything going on during these times and I thought I would wake up and find it all over the news or on Instagram,” according to The Post.

Extraordinarily, one Bronxite witnessed 30 objects “flying in a perfect line, in perfect synchronicity” that “looked like a bunch of moving stars” late on June 8, per The Post.

“I don’t drink, or take any drugs whatsoever,” the eyewitness emphasized. “I’m not a UFO conspiracy theorist.”

The fact that the Pentagon confirming the existence of UFOs is not one of the most memorable news stories from this year goes to show how wild 2020’s news stories have been. On top of that, President Donald Trump in October said himself that he would check on reports of UFOs.

RELATED: Trump says he will check on reports of UFOs, ‘I’ve heard that…so I’ll check on that.’

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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