Mysterious lights flash over Russian World Cup city

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Nizhny Novgorod from Kirov said she spotted the mysterious aircraft flying over northern Russian Federation as reports came of a UFO arrival.

The freakish display was visible from the cities of Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod, where England play in the Russian World Cup on June 24.

The woman posted the video with the caption: "What the hell was that?"

Another posted: "I've seen alien life and it looks like a stingray".

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The weird light show was described by some as a giant UFO in the shape of a stingray.

Some onlookers claim the sighting is proof aliens are in town for a spot of footie this summer.

'Is that a rocket, a fireball or a UFO over Nizhny Novgorod?

Vision of a spectacular show of light over parts of Russian Federation has been circulating on social media, fuelling a bunch of alien conspiracy theories linked to the FIFA World Cup.

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While onlookers are convinced this is proof of alien existence, the awesome footage has been explained by Russian space officials.

However, alien believers were soon disappointed as it turned out to be a Russian Soyuz 2.1-b rocket which was launched from the Plesetsk test launch site. Several hours later, the carrier rocket's Fregat booster put the Glonass-M navigational satellite into orbit. "Talk to me comrades, I'm anxious!"

As it developed, it morphed into a jellyfish in the night sky, said another.

Glonass is Russia's own global satellite navigation system.

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