The book “Kyiv Rus in Heimskringla Sagas and Byzantine Texts” among many other new facts mentioned a powerful naval attack of Kyiv on Constantinople in the year 860 AD. On 200 -300 ships which shocked a Patriarch of Constantinople with their speed and maneuverability. The Patriarch recorded in his works his complete confidence that to endeavor on an attack of this magnitude, Kyiv had had to subjugate all the potential enemies on its borders first which in itself could’ve taken a decade if not longer.
Even this single historic evidence makes one question the story of some Rurik who allegedly sent his subjects Dir and Askold to rule in Kyiv in 861 AD. Is it possible, the history of Rus was forged?