“THE UKRAINE ALIEN ABDUCTIONS”- Plus BLOOPERS! #WeirdDarkness

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IN THIS EPISODE: The Dubno alien abduction case and Ukraine’s long history of UFO encounters.
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INTRODUCTION==========
For obvious reasons as they stand in July 2022, Ukraine has been the focus of almost the entire planet for several months now. With that focus, has come several UFO reports from different regions of Ukraine, many close to where much of the conflict is taking place. And while we should perhaps take many of these sightings with a pinch of salt, the fact is, Ukraine has a long history of UFO activity and encounters.
These encounters stretch back decades, at least to the start of the modern UFO era. And while there are many sightings of strange craft, many of the incidents on record involve encounters with the occupants of these strange cosmic vehicles. If even some of the many UFO sightings that have taken place in Ukraine in the past are accurate and credible, then there is every reason to believe that some of these recent sightings are equally as credible.
Without a doubt, one of the most intriguing of these encounters unfolded in Dubno in the summer of 2008, when a husband and wife were taken onboard a strange disc-shaped craft while standing outside their home in the early hours of the morning. Not only did they undergo several experiments and procedures, but they would also claim they were taken into deep space during their ordeal. What made their bizarre claims even more thought-provoking was an apparent reversal in their respective health conditions following the encounter.
I’m Darren Marlar and this is Weird Darkness.

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STORY: THE UKRAINE ALIEN ABDUCTION==========
According to the 20th June 2008 edition of Facts newspaper, on the evening of 11thJanuary, 34-year-old Vladimir Voronezhskiy and his 29-year-old wife, Olga, as well as their young son, Arthur, and their two daughters, Vanessa and Angelica, eight and nine respectively, were at home when Olga realized she needed some groceries from a nearby shop. She asked her two daughters to pick these up for her, which they duly did.
However, as they made their way back, they both spotted something strange in the sky overhead. When they arrived back home at around 9 pm, they each excitedly informed their parents that they had witnessed a “flying star”. To begin with, Olga dismissed the girls’ claims, offering that they had likely seen a plane or a passing satellite. The girls, though, insisted that what they had seen was not a plane or a satellite, but was a round object with flashing lights of white, yellow, and red. To make their point, each of them sketched a picture of exactly what they had seen. The sketches, incidentally, matched almost completely.
Now not certain if a plane or satellite could explain what their daughters had seen, Olga and Vladimir went outside to see if they could see anything for themselves. To their amazement, they could each see a strange object that appeared to be hovering over a river in the distance. The more they watched it, the more it appeared to be changing shape as it moved around. Olga attempted to capture a picture with her mobile phone but it only showed a blurred yellow object.
The family eventually returned to the house, confident that nothing more of interest would unfold. However, several hours later, at around 2 am, with all of the family asleep in their beds, Vladimir was suddenly awoken by a brilliant white light that illuminated the entire room. He turned to wake Olga to inform her what was happening. However, still half asleep she mumbled that he was dreaming and turned over. Convinced he was still in a dream-like state, Vladimir also went back to sleep.
Vladimir was not the only one who had been brought out of sleep with the bright light. Angelica was woken by an intense orange light that shined through a small gap in their bedroom blinds. After several moments she jumped out of bed to tell her parents about the light.
This time, when Angelica burst into the room, Olga woke immediately and turned to wake Vladimir. He awoke and was completely perplexed as to what he was seeing. The entire roof appeared to be completely transparent allowing him to see straight through into the night skies. Even more amazing was the disc-shaped object that was hovering in the sky over the top of the house.
Without even dressing, Olga and Vladimir left their bed and ran outside the house. When they looked up, though, they both stopped dead. In front of the house, at a distance of around 350 feet, a disc-shaped object hovered. An extremely bright light came from the object.
As the pair stood and watched the bizarre object, Olga suddenly began to rise into the air in a spiraling motion. Vladimir reached out in an attempt to grab her leg but was unable to do so. Olga continued upwards, feeling as though she was paralyzed while an intense feeling of sickness overcame her.
Then, things became even more bizarre.
Without knowing what had happened or how they had gotten there, Vladimir and Olga were inside a large, furniture-less room with transparent glass-like walls. They looked around the room for several moments until they settled on several humanoid entities that were in the room with them. Each was around three feet tall with gray skin and particularly large heads.
They also had three fingers on each hand and wore some kind of tight-fitting bodysuit with hoods that covered their heads and masks that covered their faces, leaving only the large, black eyes, visible. Even stranger, neither Vladimir or Olga could see legs on the entities, who instead moved around in a similar way as a caterpillar would.
As they looked over this strange group of creatures, the pair noticed a taller humanoid, around five feet, who wore similar clothing but whose face was completely covered.
The smaller entities moved closer to Olga and took her to a medical-like chair, placing her in it. Vladimir, who was previously rooted to the spot in fear, rushed toward his wife in order to take her out of the chair. However, before he could reach her his progress was halted – as if an “invisible wall” had suddenly appeared in front of him.
Moments later, two of the smaller humanoid entities approached him and dragged him away. He screamed out as they did so when suddenly a voice appeared in his head telling him he would soon be back home. Vladimir knew this was one of the creatures speaking to him telepathically. He attempted to resist them causing several more of the entities to come and assist the first two. A struggle ensued for several moments, all the while, telepathic voices entered his mind asking him not to struggle.
Eventually, one of the entities placed four metal rod-like devices on his chest and he became immediately paralyzed.
With Vladimir now incapacitated, the entities turned their attention back to Olga. She was lying back in the chair, and despite looking around her, could not see any types of medical equipment at all. However, when she looked back down at her torso, she was horrified to see that the entities had made an incision across her abdomen. The more she looked, she realized she could see her internal organs.
Despite this, she didn’t feel any pain or discomfort. In fact, she would later recall feeling a sense of “tranquility and relaxation”. Although she had no idea of what was taking place, she believed that the humanoid entities were taking samples from her organs. She watched as they used various different medical instruments to do so, instruments that she claimed she had never seen before.
When these experiments were over, they proceeded to sew the incision shut, although they used some kind of advanced technology to do so – so much so that not even a small scar remained to suggest that anything out of the ordinary had taken place. Even stranger, Olga would later recall that she had suffered from stomach pain throughout her life. However, following the encounter, this pain never appeared again, as if the entities had corrected something.
Vladimir also underwent experiments at the hands of the creatures, although seemingly not as extensive as those of his wife. At one stage he recalled that an object that appeared similar to a handgun was pressed inside his head, although he felt no pain whatsoever. Even stranger, following these experiments, he was taken by the smaller human entities to a separate room where the taller entity was.
A bizarre conversation took place, during which Vladimir asked why he and his wife had been taken. To this, the humanoid replied that it simply “had to be done”. With that, Vladimir and Olga were placed in large armchair-like seats in a room facing transparent walls. Through the walls, they could see stars and planets all around them, as if they were somewhere in deep space.
Vladimir recalled seeing the sun looking like a “diffused bright spot of light” while the Earth appeared no bigger than a tennis ball. Then it appeared as though the spacecraft went into some kind of high-speed space travel as Vladimir recalled seeing a flash of white light and a sudden feeling of nausea overtaking him. Within what seemed like an instant, the craft had come to a stop and he and Olga were looking at a planet that was unknown to them. Their encounter was about to take on an even more surreal twist.
Vladimir and Olga were taken to another room in the ship that appeared to be some kind of airlock. They could see the smaller entities getting into smaller cigar-shaped objects that appeared to Vladimir to be some kind of “space boat”. Vladimir and Olga were placed inside one of these smaller crafts, which then departed from the main vehicle and took them down lower to the surface of the planet.
The closer they got to the planet’s surface; the more Vladimir could see what looked to be “open pits” dotted about. There was a lot of activity around these pits, suggesting that they were underground dwellings. He later learned that he was looking on his abductors’ own planet and that they did, indeed, live under the ground.
They would soon return to the mothership which had remained in orbit. Perhaps of all the bizarre pieces of information passed to Vladimir was the revelation that both humans and cows were brought to Earth from another planet. Perhaps this is why both humans and cattle appear to be of interest to these apparent extraterrestrial visitors.
Once onboard the main vessel, Vladimir recalled another flash of light and the same feeling of intense sickness as before, sensing that they were moving extremely fast once more. When they came to a stop, they were again looking at a planet they were not familiar with.
What followed was described as an attempt on the entities’ part to encourage Vladimir to copulate with a female alien entity, however, he would refuse to do so, despite repeated attempts on their part, even having the female entity change form into a beautiful human woman.
From this point on, the extraterrestrials focused on human emotions, and how bizarre this concept was to them. They would even go as far as to ask why the human race had not destroyed itself given how much they were at the mercy of such emotions.
This is an interesting detail, and one that other researchers have also stated occupies the minds of these alien visitors.
Following these conversations, the pair were returned back to Earth.
The following morning, at around 11 am, Vladimir and Olga awoke in their beds with no memory of how they had gotten there. Equally bizarrely, neither mentioned the incident to the other for some time, each privately asking themselves if they might have imagined or dreamt the whole affair. However, after finally speaking to each other, they realized that what had happened was very real.
Vladimir would eventually make contact with UFO researcher, Yuriy Stepanov, who would agree to put Vladimir under hypnotic regression in order to unlock any possible further memories of the encounter. He would manage to sketch several detailed pictures of the object, as well as of the humanoids themselves.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing details was that a plasma of some sort surrounded the spacecraft as it traveled through space. This plasma also made the craft invisible to the human eye and made it undetectable on radar.
During this investigation, the family was medically inspected to see if any kind of implant might have been left behind. However, there was no evidence to suggest this was the case.
There were some bizarre apparent consequences of the encounter, though. For example, Vladimir’s grey hair suddenly had color once more, and he generally felt fitter and stronger. Olga’s stomach issues never returned, and even stranger, she had the ability to make a drunk person completely sober just by placing her hand on their forehead for two minutes. Despite this, when many in the local community heard of their claims, they were regularly mocked and even accused of having made up the entire affair.
It remains one of the most intriguing alien abduction encounters on record.

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Two years previously, another intriguing encounter was documented in the same newspaper in Ukraine. And it is there we will turn our attention to next, when Weird Darkness returns.

STORY==========
Two years before the abduction of Vladimir and Olga, another strange extraterrestrial encounter took place in the Ukraine. According to the June 9th, 2006 edition of the same newspaper as our previous story… beginning one evening in June 2006 and stretching right into the following morning, multiple residents of Mariupol witnessed strange disc-shaped objects hovering over the city. According to the article, following the day of sightings phone lines to several Mariupol newspapers were jammed with reports.
The sightings began in the evening when residents from different parts of the city reported seeing six strange objects in the night sky. At first, there was speculation that the objects were NATO aircraft. However, it soon became clear that the objects moved in a way that was not like conventional planes.
When the Ukrainian Air Force was asked for comment on the sightings, a spokesman claimed that they had not detected anything out of the ordinary on their radar systems. This was seconded by air traffic control at Mariupol Airport.
The following morning, over an industrial area of the city at a little after 9 am, a watchman, Nikolay Trinitsyn, noticed multiple strange objects overhead while going over his morning rounds. He would describe them as “fast-flying lighted spheres” that were visible despite the bright morning sunshine. He attempted to count them, and estimated there were around 20 in total. He called out to his work colleagues who also witnessed the aerial anomaly. They remained visible for around 10 minutes before they simply vanished.
The sightings remain unexplained, but the sheer volume of reports suggests that something very strange was making its way of Mariupol that summer’s evening in 2006.
While there are many UFO encounters in the twenty-first century, UFO sightings and run-ins with bizarre creatures stretch right the way back to the 1950s, at the very least. For example, in the summer of 1952 two strange meetings with bizarre humanoid creatures are on record.
Although the exact location is not known, and according to an article in an edition of Interesting Newspaper, the first occurred when a young boy, Ivan Sergeevich was on a camping holiday. Suddenly they noticed a bizarrely strong wind appear out of nowhere around them. In fact, the wind was so sudden and so strong that their horses were significantly disturbed causing them to scatter in several different directions. Moments later, all who were sitting around the fire chased after their respective horses, leaving Ivan alone aside from an elderly lady.
A few moments later, a brilliant flash of white light came from the nearby woodland. As Ivan turned to look in the direction of the light and saw a bright object with a domed top rising out of the forest. At the same time, he noticed three humanoid entities walking in his direction. They were wearing a helmet on their heads that appeared to obscure any details of their faces.
He estimated they were around six feet tall, although each was a slightly different height. They walked up to Ivan, stopping on the other side of the fire. After several moments, the elderly later reach into her bag and produced a small handful of “dust”. She threw it into the fire causing it to crackle more than it already was. When one of the alien creatures went to walk closer to the first the elderly lady threw another handful of dust on the fire. The loud crackling sound caused it to stop in its tracks.
The creatures remained where they were, staring at Ivan and the elderly lady until the three creatures eventually turned around and walked back toward the light. They eventually disappeared into its brightness. A moment later, the light was suddenly gone.
Around the same time, this time in Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy according to an article in the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, an elderly gentleman who suffered from insomnia was at his home, unable to sleep, looking out of his window. To his utter shock, he could see five strange humanoid figures in his neighbor’s yard. He watched them for several moments, noticing how they appeared to have horns on their head. Deciding they looked too strange and menacing for him to confront them, he turned the lights off in the house and remained inside until morning.
The following day, when he went to investigate, he discovered that every one of the apples on his neighbor’s apple tree had disappeared. This, however, was just the first of such sightings of horned creatures in the area during the summer. What’s more, many of the encounters featured food going missing.
What was particularly interesting about these sightings was that many of them occurred near an ancient fortress – one that many locals claimed had multiple secret tunnels and passageways connected to it. Further according to local legends, strange creatures lived under the fortress and used the ancient tunnel network to move about. Stranger still, other reports tell of a UFO crash near the fortress, the survivors of which also used the tunnels under the fortress for sanctuary.
Whether of consequence or not, all of the sightings occurred during the nighttime hours. The following year, another humanoid encounter unfolded.
According to Anton Anfalov of the Yaroslavl UFO Group, a strange humanoid encounter unfolded over a three-day period in Zhdanivka between 17th and 20thAugust 1953. The story goes that a woman named Lina Ivanovna Kravets was on her way to visit her aunty when her attention turned to a silver globe flying through the air at an altitude of around 150 feet and at a distance of around 300 feet from her. She continued to watch the object as it descended toward the ground and disappeared behind the houses opposite.
Although the witness was unaware at the time, another lady who lived in the house nearby was outside her house getting water from the well when she noticed three strange figures standing underneath a nearby apple tree. She watched as the three figures cut away one of the branches that was full of apples. She continued to watch as the three men went from tree to tree, first a plum tree and then a cherry tree. Each time they would take samples of the fruit that grew there. She noticed that they also appeared to be carrying other samples, including wheat and rye.
Then, one of the figures turned around and looked directly at her. It then turned to the other two and alerted them to her presence. Each of the three figures was now standing directly at her. To begin with, the woman didn’t suspect they were anything more than teenagers collecting food. She assured them that she wouldn’t scold them for stealing. However, when they began approaching, she quickly realized that they were not teenagers, they were not human at all.
The closer they got, the witness could tell that each of them was wearing the same style dark overall, gloves on their hands, and a helmet on their heads. As well as the food, the witness could also see they were carrying transparent tubes, each containing a small animal such as a frog, a lizard, and even a fish. When they were a short distance from here, one of them began speaking in badly broken Russian.
He told her that they had “flown from up there” while pointing toward the sky. They further claimed that they were looking for their people, although they feared that humans had “annihilated” them. Whether in shock or not, the witness asked them if they were “gods” to which they appeared genuinely perplexed. At this point, the witness became suddenly scared and began making the sign of the cross over her chest.
Sensing her fright, the figure assured her that they were not gods and that they had come from another planet. Furthermore, after their race had discovered the Earth they had sent a scout ship to investigate. However, they had not heard from them and feared something had happened to them, and so ultimately sent another search team to locate them. The woman was not sure how long this missing unit arrived on Earth, but she replied that there had “recently been a war” and that they could have been shot down during the conflict.
Perhaps unsettlingly, the figure replied that they had been watching Earth for some time and were more than aware of the many wars that had been fought here. Even more bizarre, they claimed that the wars fought on Earth had an effect on natural disasters on their home planet. Although it was not seemingly explained why this was, they did say it was part of their overall mission to encourage humans to live in peace.
They asked more questions of the woman, such things as how we measured time, as well as more questions about religion. They were curious about many things, even asking what the firewood was that the woman had been carrying, and what it was used for.
Following the exchange, the figure told the woman to turn around and look behind her. There, hovering a short distance above the ground was a large silver sphere. The figure informed her that they had traveled from their planet in this silver craft. She walked with them as they headed toward the object. Before they boarded the craft, they offered her a piece of “their bread”. She took it, initially, but when she snapped a piece off, she could see a black substance inside that she didn’t wish to eat. She thanked them and handed the bread back. With that, they entered the craft which rose into the air before disappearing into the night sky.
Another account occurred just short of two decades later in the summer of 1971 in Odessa. According to the publication The Secret Doctrine, a young woman named Masha had arrived in Odesa from Crimea. Of particular interest to this visitor were the underground catacombs that spread out under the city. Despite the fact that many people had disappeared investigating the catacombs, Masha was desperate to explore them, and as there would be a guide, she felt more than confident there would be no problems.
They moved through the networks, on their way to a one-time Second World War hideout, in “chains” so nobody would be left behind. As Masha was the tallest of the group, she was the last link in this chain. Everything progressed as normal, to begin with. Then, however, out of nowhere, Masha thought she heard the sound of a young child crying. It appeared to be coming from one of the side passageways. Before she realized it, she had separated herself from the group in order to locate the distressed youngster.
However, before she could contemplate anything else, she felt a strong blow on the back of her head, and then everything went black. She would be missing for several days, with multiple searches undertaken in an attempt to locate her. Then, on the third day since she had disappeared, she walked into the main part of the catacombs and was discovered by another group of tourists. They would escort her to the surface where, after she was checked over, she promptly returned to Crimea.
She would say nothing of what had happened to her family upon her return. However, both they and her friends noticed that there was something profoundly different about her. Whereas she was outgoing and talkative before she was now quiet and withdrawn. However, when it was discovered that she was pregnant, she became the talk of the community. As we might imagine, this news only made her parents question her more, not least as to who the father was. When she told them that not only did she not know who the father was but how she had even become pregnant in the first place, they found it difficult to believe her.
Ultimately, she would give birth to a baby boy. However, as he grew, it was clear to all present that this child was not what would have been considered, normal. He was exceptionally intelligent and developed extremely quickly. He would read academic material and kept himself to himself, and had few, if any friends.
He appeared to be completely human, however, his mother and those close to him could all see small differences. For example, he was quite short, especially given his mother’s height. He also had a rather small frame and a slightly larger than normal head. His eyes were also larger than normal, while his mouth was smaller than most.
Strangest of all, though, was his disappearance in the late 1990s in the same Odesa catacombs where his mother had gone missing. Unlike his mother, however, he was never seen again.

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Five years later, another strange occurrence – this time involving a truck driver and three stranded motorists who turned out not to be stranded at all… nor was there vehicle anything made in automobile factory. That story is up next on Weird Darkness.

STORY==========
Five years after the Odesa incident just outside Chernivtsi in the early hours of 8thJanuary 1976 another bizarre incident unfolded and was also documented by Anton Anfalov. A truck driver from a glass-packing factory – referred to as Nikolay N in the report – was driving his truck when, after deciding he was tired and needed to rest, he pulled his vehicle to the side of the road.
He wasn’t sure how long he had been asleep, but around 1 am, there was a sudden knocking on the window of the truck’s cabin. When he opened his eyes and looked out of the window, he saw three men standing on the road outside. They appeared perfectly normal, although due to the darkness he could not see their faces clearly.
The men spoke through the wind to Nikolay in Russian, claiming they were having trouble with their car. Not sensing any danger or anything out of the ordinary, he opened the truck’s door and went to help.
He followed the three men a short distance. However, instead of being a car where they led him to, there was a cylinder-shaped object that was standing upright with a domed section at the top that glowed magnificently. At the base of the object, a ladder stretched toward the ground from an open hatch. Despite the obvious strangeness of the situation, Nikolay would later recall that he didn’t feel afraid, in fact, quite the opposite.
He was invited to step on board the craft, which he duly did. He was asked to sit in one of the chairs that were positioned around the room, which he recalled reminded him of a salon. Within moments of sitting down, however, he blacked out. When he awoke, he found himself laying on a strange table. His arms were stretched over his head, and he could see strange cables and devices attached to various places on his body.
He was told he was at his hosts’ base and there was nothing to worry about. A short time later, he was helped up onto his feet and led into another room. This room had numerous screens, devices, and a huge map of the Earth hanging overhead. Several of the extraterrestrials were in the room, occupied by their respective chores.
One of them walked over to Nikolay and informed him that they were on the Moon. What’s more, they would dress him in a special suit so they could explore the surface. He was led to an entrance through another large hall. He stepped into an elevator which proceeded to take them to the surface of the moon. He would recall that he could see the Earth from where he stood, even down to the cloud cover. He walked around the surface for several minutes with his guide before they stepped onto the elevator once more and returned to the base.
Shortly after this, he was placed back on the spacecraft where he once again lost consciousness. The next thing he knew, he was back inside his truck, and it was morning. He looked around, there was no sign of the three men, but he knew he had not imagined the encounter.
In a further twist, several years later, while he was walking along the street, he spotted a man who he recognized from somewhere, although he couldn’t recall from where. When the man stopped and suddenly asked him how his trip to the moon had been, he suddenly realized he was looking at one of the extraterrestrials from years earlier.
Another thought-provoking encounter occurred on the night of the 17th going into the 18th of April 1982 in Simferopol, Crimea. The incident was documented by Vladimir A Borominskiy & Vladimir A Belozyerov of the Simferopol UFO Research Group.
According to the account, an electrician – Yuriy Vasilievich Zbroy – was at his home with his wife at around 8 pm when the lights in the property suddenly dimmed. There had recently been problems with some of the electrical fuses on the apartment block where they lived, and so, suspecting the same thing was happening now, Yuriy and his wife decided to turn all the electrics off and turn in the for the evening.
Several hours later, however, the night would take a bizarre turn. Yuriy awoke to see a strange shape appear on the wall causing parts of the plaster to fall off. He got out of bed and began to walk toward the wall. However, after taking several steps he was suddenly unable to move. He would recall that it felt as though there was an unseen force holding him in place. He kept on trying to move, however, and stretched his arm outright, eventually managing to touch the raised spot on the wall. When he did so, there was a sudden flash of light, and a sense of “becoming magnetized” went through his body.
Then, things got even stranger.
A small opening on the wall appeared and in it Yuriy could see what appeared to be a small flying saucer-shaped craft. This object flew out of this opening and into the room, increasing in size as it did so.
As he watched in amazement, the saucer suddenly appeared hologram-like and he saw strange lines appear over it, like lines you would see in television interference. Out of this interference, three strange creatures appeared and walked toward Yuriy. As they approached, they also grew in size. In fact, not only were they growing, they were changing in appearance, almost in an “evolutionary” way. In no time at all, the creatures were decidedly humanoid.
When Yuriy asked, in his own mind, if these were aliens, he was answered telepathically. This made him realize that these creatures could read his thoughts and he felt a sudden fear run through him. This followed by a secondary fear that he would be abducted.
Ultimately, however, he was informed that they wished to extract sperm from him only in order to assist in a hybridization program. They did this mechanically, claiming that several females of their race would be inseminated.
The next thing he realized, it was the following morning, and he was back in his room. All looked normal aside from a very small spot on the wall where he had seen the strange craft appear the previous evening.
Several years later, in June 1989 near Kharkiv, according to a report from the Kirov UFO Group, a strange object was witnessed by Ivan Rybchenko while he drove around a factory area where he worked. In front of him, he could see a strange “luminous spot” which was descending toward the ground directly in front of his vehicle, causing him to bring the car to a stop.
As the light continued to descend, the entire area was lit up in its brilliant glow. Despite the surreal nature of the events unfolding around him, he got out of the car in order to get a closer look. He took several steps forward before two doors on the side of the object suddenly opened. Although he didn’t know why he stepped forward onto this strange craft.
The inside of the craft was in complete darkness and the floor appeared to move as if there was a gentle earthquake causing him to put his hands on the walls for balance. After a moment or two, without understanding why, the witness stepped forward further into the craft, eventually arriving in a different room that appeared to be some kind of control center.
Then, things took an even more dramatic turn.
A voice appeared in his head, informing him that he was about to be taken to another planet. In response to this Ivan began to make attempts to leave the room but somehow found his way out blocked. Although he can’t recall how, he found himself being placed in a large box that then covered him with a loose, soft material. The covered box was surprisingly comfortable and calming, and Ivan was soon asleep.
When he awoke, he felt an intense pain in his left hand, recalling it felt as if something was ripping it apart. After a moment or two, the pain suddenly stopped, but it still felt as though it was being pulled at. He was subjected to several further experiments before looking out from the spacecraft at the surface of an unknown world where he noticed several large communication bases and transmission towers.
Perhaps strangest of all, he was told that this “base” functioned “automatically” – essentially, it was controlled by artificial intelligence. Many UFO researchers have put forward the idea that aliens could very well be some kind of artificial intelligence – robots or machines. Might this add a little more weight to those suggestions?
The next thing Ivan realized he was back on the road, the bright light fading fast until it was gone completely. A little over six months later in the Donetsk region, another abduction encounter unfolded.
According to an account in the book “At The Edge of the Unknown or What is Behind the Curtain” by Gennadiy Ya Leszshenko (which unfortunately I was not able to find online) and relayed by the veteran researcher, Albert Rosales, a 68-year-old man was abducted from his home in Donetsk in the early hours of a February morning in 1990.
On the night in question, Ivan Nikanorovich was brought out of sleep by the sound of his dogs barking outside. He quickly got out of bed and pulled on his clothes before making his way outside to investigate. Once there, he was confronted by the sight of three tall humanoid figures, each around 10 feet in height.
Ivan’s immediate reaction was to turn and run. However, as he tried to do so, he tripped up and fell to the ground. Moments later, he felt a change and was seemingly under the control of these strange figures. He found himself walking toward the three tall humanoids, and he was powerless to stop his steps. When he got closer, he could see a round object that he presumed was the strange creatures’ craft.
He continued toward the object, stepping onto a ladder and going inside. The three apparent extraterrestrials followed him. As each of them walked through the entrance, the one-piece suit they had been wearing outside simply peeled away of its own accord and disappeared, revealing a lighter body garment underneath.
Ivan studied the aliens, recalling how they had faces that were human-like, except for large round eyes, a small mouth, and a bridgeless nose that made it appear flat. One of the figures was male and the other two were female.
Ivan was subjected to a barrage of experiments and medical procedures, involving devices and instruments that he had never seen before. Following this, he was escorted into another part of the craft and placed onto a piece of furniture similar to a sofa. When he stared out of the window in front of him, he could see they were flying high above the Earth, with the lights of the cities appearing like dots.
Then, the craft set off at a blistering speed and into the deep reaches of space. Ivan recalled that he would see various planets up close during this time before eventually being returned home.
While some were, perhaps understandably, doubtful of his claims, Ivan became quite ill following the encounters, particularly in the immediate aftermath where he couldn’t eat for three days and suffered from aches all over his body.
Despite things being as precarious as they are at the time of writing, UFO sightings have continued in the country today. In August 2019, for example, a white triangular craft was witnessed by various people flying over the country. Several people managed to capture video footage of the object, and it appeared to have no wings, window, or insignia.
Even more bizarre, as people watched the object move through the cloudy, daytime sky, it appeared on several occasions to morph into a disc-shaped object before changing back again (although this could have been dependent on the angle the object was viewed from).
Some researchers put forward at the time that the object may have been the TR-3B aircraft – an alleged secret aircraft of the United States, that some people claim makes use of reverse-engineered alien technology. Whether the object was part of an American mission or whether the craft has somehow gotten into the hands of other nations is perhaps open to debate.
In February 2022 in Odessa, two glowing objects were filmed hovering in the early evening sky. The objects appeared solid and metallic, and approximately the size of a small van.
Only weeks later, on 1st March in an unknown location but one that was experiencing shelling due to the conflict with Russia, a disc-shaped object was witnessed hovering in the distance. The object – which was captured on video from an apartment window – is perfectly clear. Given the bombardment taking place at the time, we might assume that it was a reasonable distance away and so was likely quite large.
You can see a video of the UFO near the explosions on YouTube. I’ve placed a link to the video in the show notes of this episode.
UFO sightings and encounters with strange, humanoid creatures have been reported in Ukraine for decades.
It is perhaps also intriguing to note the many encounters with humanoids, many of which resemble the humanoid encounters of the 1950s in terms of the attempts of these extraterrestrials to pass on knowledge and wisdom to human beings. There, of course, other incidents that are much more harrowing, suggesting that there may, like in other countries around the world, by more than one extraterrestrial race that has passed through Ukraine over the decades.
Perhaps its location looking out on the Black Sea might explain the rich history of UFO and alien encounters, after all, we know there is a direct connection to these strange unidentified objects and large bodies of water. We might also remember that in terms of size it is the second-largest country in Europe, and its size alone perhaps dictates it will have more than its fair share of strange aerial encounters on record.
Whatever the reason might be, UFO sightings continue to occur in Ukraine today and will likely continue for the foreseeable future.

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Up next we’ll step into the Chamber of Comments!

CHAMBER OF COMMENTS==========
Here in the Chamber of Comments I answer the emails I’ve been sent recently. You can email me anytime at darren @ weirddarkness.com.

EMAIL from Daniel:
Hello Darren. Our household enjoys your podcasts immensely. Weird Darkness, Church of the Undead, and your narrations are as smooth as hot coffee. We are Patreon Weirdos and greatly appreciate the regular info and episodes. TV doesn’t get much use here, all that negativity is too easy to absorb, your podcasts are entertaining/educational/ informative and to release episodes as often as you do, Wow! The first time I heard one of your personal updates, explaining a health situation or stumbling block that’s in front of you, the sincerity is obvious. This is email is to say THANK YOU. Your honesty and appreciation is so genuine, that just doesn’t come across for some podcasters. The awareness you have created for migraines and depression is stellar. I’ve been a migrainer since early childhood, 40+ years, and wife has had them since a car wreck as a teen, to hear someone speak plainly and truthful is uncommon. And what you do to spread the word of God is wonderful. I wish the Church of Undead was a bit longer but that’s my selfishness. You are bringing God’s message to the ears of ppl who might not hear otherwise, very admirable and a heavy responsibility. Thank you for all you freely give. Your friend/Weirdo in Christ; Daniel
REPLY: Thank you for such an amazingly complimentary email, Daniel! I don’t think I deserve all of that affection, but I’ll take it! And a giant thanks right back to you for being one of my OFFICIAL Weirdos on Patreon – that’s incredible! If I had more time I might make the Church of the Undead episodes a bit longer – but they should not be a substitution for going to your own local church, just keep that in mind! (I’m sure you do though.) Sorry to hear that you are a migraine sufferer as well – it sucks, doesn’t it? That, combined with the depression makes life SO entertaining! By the way, you’ve given me the perfect opportunity here to let folks know about my health situation. I posted about it a few days ago at the beginning of an episode, but for those of you who missed that… I’ve been posting a LOT of Dark Archive episodes recently, and the reason for that was that I couldn’t get my migraine medication filled and so for almost a month the migraines were back with a vengeance. My new doctor gave me some Nurtec samples and it really did the trick for kicking my migraine’s butt. After a few days of being on Nurtec the migraines practically disappeared. But then I ran out of the samples so we called in a prescription for Nurtec – and the pharmacy said it was denied, that they needed pre-authorization from my doctor, so we sent that it but then they needed some letter from my doctor saying we had tried other things before going to the Nurtec, and then the insurance company outright denied paying for it…. It was a big thing. And in fact is STILL a big thing. Fortunately my doctor was able to hook me up with something called Nurtec OneSource which is filling my Nurtec prescription for free as we continue battling with the insurance company. So who knows what’s going to happen in the future – but for the moment I’m feeling perky! And it feels great to come back to day with a new episode… finally! You will also see Dark Archive episodes each day too – I’m posting twice as much now as a kind of experiment. The first episode each day is a Dark Archive episode because a majority of you haven’t heard those older episodes anyway – and hopefully if you have, you won’t mind hearing them again. Then the second episode each day is the new episodes. This way, if something goes wrong, you still get one episode per day – including weekends!

EMAIL from Lewis:
Hello Darren. From time to time I listen to your podcasts.  It’s a pity I did not know of your podcasts before.  I moved to the US around 15 years ago and missed several years of your show if I only knew about it .  I would try to listen to some of the old shows when my free time allows it.  You do a great job creating such podcasts. Many strange things happen in this world.  Sometimes we don’t believe that weird things can happen until it happens to us.  I especially like it that at the end of every podcast you tell different bible quotes. Ok, Darren, keep up the good work creating those podcasts, they make me think of something completely different than the problems of my daily life. Thank you. Best, Lewis
REPLY: Thank you, Lewis! I’m glad to hear that you can find a little escape from the world by listening to the show – that’s exactly what my intention was when I created it back in 2015! So it’s good to know my plan succeeded! And you don’t have to worry about missing old shows – like I said a few seconds ago, those old shows get reposted as Dark Archive episodes, so you’ll eventually hear them all if you keep listening! It might take a while though – I have well over a thousand episodes in my back catalog! And a belated WELCOME to the USA!

EMAIL from Jennifer:
Darren, I heard the trailer for your new podcast Allegedly. I am curious as to when it is released. It sounds like my kind of podcast. Thank you. Sincerely, Jennifer
REPLY: Hi, Jennifer! You emailed me back on April 29th so you likely already have your answer, but just in case, the new podcast called “Allegedly” is already out, the first three episodes have been posted with a fourth coming very soon, and you can find it by clicking on “Allegedly” at WeirdDarkness.com. It’s a different animal than Weird Darkness in that it is 100-percent true crime and it’s created as audio theater with different voices playing the characters – and the main role in each story is played by a legitimate Hollywood actor, four example our second episode starred Jonathan Frakes from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. And Mr. Frakes, if you happen to be listening right now… I want to be you when I grow up!

EMAIL from Darth Loki:
Hi Darren, I started listening to the Weird Darkness a couple of weeks ago (probably longer than that, but I have a hard time keeping track of time), working my way forward through your old episodes. I just listened to a previous episode and a couple of the comments you read absolutely necessitated a comment of my own. Firstly, those comments criticizing your for mispronunciation on some words. I’ve never met someone who has correctly pronounced every word they’ve said, every time. If I may borrow a line attributed to Jesus Christ, “let he who is without mispronunciation cast the first stone.” Second, the comment stating that they had to turn the playback speed to 150% because your voice is too drawn out. Absolute silly talk. When I listened to your first episode, I was struck by the quality of your vocal work, and when I later learned of your experience in radio and doing V.O. work, it made perfect sense. Yes, you might mispronounce the occasional word, but your actual diction and cadence are perfect.  Finally, I wanted to express my gratitude for your support offering those suffering from depression. I’ve had my own experiences, stemming from a car crash that totaled my dream car and left me with a back injury that’s never healed or stopped hurting (its been 8 years as of today, and I still sometimes can’t even sit upright), and exacerbated by my soon-to-be ex-wife’s (and I can’t express how eagerly I emphasize the “ex” part) son fabricating evidence and claiming that I strangled and punched him. That legal situation is nearly resolved, but not entirely in my favor and I’ll never be able to get back the tens of thousands of dollars she swindled me out of. All I can do is move forward as best I can and try to rebuild my savings. Knowing that mental health issues are no longer universally stigmatized in public opinion is such a relief.  Thank you, and keep up the fantastic work,
REPLY: Wow, DarthLoki… no wonder you’re depressed! You know, I will never understand how someone can fall in love with another person to the point that they want to spend the rest of their life with that person, and even make a pledge and sign a contract to that effect, only to later make up lies about their spouse, steal their possessions, brainwash the children they conceived together to hate the soon-to-be-ex, and even make accusations getting a person arrested that aren’t true. I just can’t see how that person ever truly knew how to love in the literal sense. If they do all of that to an innocent person they once pledged to stay with “until death do us part”, I can’t see that as anything less than true evil. They are ruining the other person’s life, they are ruining the children’s lives, and they are actually ruining their own life in the process with all the hatred, betrayal, and public embarrassment for all parties. I’m sorry you have to go through that, Loki – and hopefully by now you have it all settled and she truly is your official “ex” so you can move on and hopefully find out what it’s like to truly be loved by someone as opposed to just used. And thanks for the encouragement about the podcast – I appreciate it.

EMAIL from Kathy:
Hey Darren I’m Kathy from Kentucky and I just recently discovered your podcast and it is my new favorite.  I’m a fellow ginger and quite sensitive to the  paranormal. One day I will send in some stories,  I have a few. I love how passionate you are about mental health, your faith and everything weird. I just wanted to reach out and tell you how excited I am about your weirdo watch party this coming Friday.  You see this Friday the 13th I will turn the big 50. I’m so excited  that I turn half a century old on a Friday the 13th. So exciting for me!!!  Stay weird  and keep up the good work!!  From a fellow weirdo I’d like to say thank you for an amazing podcast…stay weird!! –Kathy
REPLY: Kathy sent this back in May right before we had a Weirdo Watch Party on May 13th – sorry for the delay in responding, Kathy! Hopefully you’ll be with us for our next Weirdo Watch Party coming up July 23rd! It’s good to hear from another ginger, Kathy! I’m looking a lot less ginger nowadays and a lot more Santa Claus – it really started changing when I hit 50! Hopefully you less Mrs. Santa Claus and more Ginger Grant as you get older! (And if you don’t know who Ginger Grant is, you’re not old like me and Kathy!) Regardless – happy half-century-birthday, Kathy! Here’s hoping the next 50 are even better!

EMAIL from Tracy:
Hi Darren, I’ve been meaning to write you for some time now and now I’m taking a few moments to do just that. I discovered your podcast about a year ago and couldn’t believe my luck upon finding such an enjoyable show with so many great things going for it. Firstly, I have been a huge fan of anything and everything related to the paranormal since as far as I can remember.  Secondly, I cannot tell you how soothing and enjoyable it is to listen to a professional voice actor narrate the material. I, too, am a voice actor with the hopes of being able to pursue my passion full-time in the future. Thirdly, I believe that I was meant to find your podcast as I needed something to keep me company during my dog walks while I am on sick leave for depression. I was so touched to learn that you are also dedicated to helping people who are afflicted with such a horrible condition. Lastly, I feel your pain when you mention your migraines as I also used to suffer from cluster headaches for many years. Thankfully, God,  in his infinite Grace, cured me and I have been headaches for close to 25 years now. I pray that you will soon find that same peace. I was elated to hear that you chose to take the leap and quit your full-time position at the radio station and decided to focus your energy on your voice career, podcast and other endeavors. It takes a lot of courage and I, for one, commend you for your courage in following your dreams. For all of these reasons, I wish to thank you for your all of your hard work and dedication and sharing your passion for the paranormal, supernatural, legends, lore… well, you know the rest.  Keep up the amazing work! Your Canadian voice actor in arms and fellow “weirdo”, Tracy
REPLY: Wow – thank you, Tracy! And coming from another professional voice actor, your comments mean a lot! You’ll have to let me know where I can listen to some of your voice work! Or better yet, narrate a story and send it in – maybe I’ll play it in the podcast and let people know where they can find you! Yes, the leap from full-time radio to full-time self-employed was a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Honestly, self-employed is the best life. It’s a lot more work and longer hours, but it’s great to work on something you’re passionate about and know that all of your sweat and brain cells are going towards building your own future as opposed to someone else’s. Glad God has relieved those headaches! And I’ll take those prayers you’re sending every day! You can never have too many!

EMAIL from Karen:
Hello my name is Karen and I have bipolar disorder borderline, personality disorder and ptsd. I am doing good on my meds. I am also the caregiver to my husband Kevin who has stage 4 Colo rectal cancer. This is his second battle with this cancer. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that my hubby and I listen to your podcast every time a new episode is released and have heard all the back episodes I can find! It’s how I unwind at night. I love that you have talked about mental health awareness; your voice is relaxing on our ears. I wanted to thank you for making this podcast; we sometimes listen to older episodes on our long 2 hour drive to chemo and the 2 hours back; you are a life saver I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your podcast means to us. Thank you so much, Karen
REPLY: Thank you very much for those incredibly kind words, Karen. Knowing that I can make some pain and misery a little more bearable truly means the world to me. I’m sorry you both are dealing with mental and physical issues – that must be a struggle. I know I feel bad for my bride when I have issues and she’s trying to help me or deal with my attitude; I can only imagine how hard that would be if both parties are suffering. Thanks for the compliment, and I’ll definitely be praying for you and Kevin tonight!

EMAIL from Howard:
I listen to your podcast at work very often, but recently I keep hearing a commercial by you, where you call older people “boomer”. The term “boomer”, was made up by the younger generation, to use as a derogatory term for older people, and is very DISRESPECTFUL to the older generation. You are not only using it, but encouraging others to use it. I find it very offensive, to myself, and other older folks like myself.  I won’t be encouraging anyone to listen as long as I keep hearing that. I’m not sure I will continue to listen myself. Seriously, that is a slur used by kids to disrespect older people.  Dude….not cool. – Howard
REPLY: Lighten up Howard. Sticks and stones.

SHOW CLOSE, CREDITS, A LITTLE LIGHT, AND A FINAL THOUGHT==========
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All stories in Weird Darkness are purported to be true (unless stated otherwise) and you can find source links or links to the authors in the show notes.

WeirdDarkness™ – is a production and trademark of Marlar House Productions. Copyright, Weird Darkness, 2022.

Now that we’re coming out of the dark, I’ll leave you with a little light… “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” – Romans 12:16

And a final thought… “I don’t see the big picture. I don’t have a clue. But I know God does. I’m going to declare that, even if I don’t feel it right now.” — Steven Curtis Chapman

I’m Darren Marlar. Thanks for joining me in the Weird Darkness.

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