DRAMATIC Top Gun style footage shows a Ukrainian jet fighter narrowly dodging a Russian missile lock during a deadly aerial dogfight.
The cockpit clip, shared on social media, shows the pilot performing elaborate maneuvers as he tries to dodge the missiles launched by Russian forces.
The Soviet-designed Su-25 fighter jet flies over a road over the eastern Donbas region.
Suddenly, the pilot’s radar flashes, suggesting he is the target, warning him of an imminent Russian attack.
The pilot then begins to spin and spin across the green fields in an attempt to escape the hit.
It performs a series of complex maneuvers where it quickly tilts left and right at high speeds.
At one point, he comes perilously close to the ground as the plane’s wing even grazes the trees below.
The video shows the wreckage of military vehicles on the battlefield for a few seconds.
The pilot was eventually able to escape before the Russian missile was launched.
Ukrainian pilots have previously flown dangerously close to the ground to evade Russian missiles.
There have been more videos of dogfights over Ukraine with reports of pilots cutting electricity cables over Kiev at the start of the war, the Telegraph reports.
Meanwhile, Russian troops continue to pound the city of Sievierodonetsk.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the battle could determine the fate of the Donbas.
Ukrainian forces still control the industrial zone and adjacent areas in Sievierodonetsk and the situation is “difficult but manageable”, but it is now impossible to evacuate 10,000 remaining civilians, Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk said.
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said up to 100 Ukrainian troops are killed every day.
But artillery systems supplied by the west are already making a difference to Ukraine and it is “only a matter of time” before its forces regain significant ground in the south, the governor of the Mykolaiv region said.
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