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Heart-stopping Top Gun-style video shows Ukrainian fighter jet evading Russian missile lock

This heartbreaking video shows a Ukrainian fighter pilot nearly skimming treetops in a deadly game of cat and mouse to evade missiles fired from the ground by Russian troops.

The ‘Top Gun’-style cockpit footage shared on social media shows the pilot of the Ukrainian Su-25 attack jet fighter performing sharp evasive maneuvers as the forests, roads and fields of the country’s eastern Donbas region below zoom along.

The Soviet-era Su-25 is first seen flying over a road, with what appears to be military vehicles driving underneath.

But the pilot is forced to react quickly when his radar warning system starts to blare – suggesting he is under attack by Russian missiles – and begins to take drastic evasion maneuvers to escape a potential attack.

His hands are shown on the joystick, moving quickly left and right, as the plane – at high speed – flips wildly one way and then the other. The smoke trail of decoy bullets is seen being fired from the Su-25 as a countermeasure against the missiles.

Pictured: A cockpit photo taken by a Ukrainian fighter pilot as he evaded a Russian missile lock

Pictured: A cockpit photo taken by a Ukrainian fighter pilot as he evaded a Russian missile lock

This heartbreaking video shows a Ukrainian fighter pilot nearly skimming treetops in a deadly cat-and-mouse game to evade missiles fired from the ground by Russian forces

The pilot flew a Soviet-era Su-25 fighter jet.  Pictured: An Su-25 jet flies after an attack on Russian positions in Ukraine's Donetsk region, Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The pilot flew a Soviet-era Su-25 fighter jet. Pictured: An Su-25 jet flies after an attack on Russian positions in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Tuesday, May 10, 2022

At the start of the footage, the ground is shown through the cockpit windows barely 30 feet below. As he fights to escape the impending threat, the pilot dares to get even closer to the ground – with the tips of the plane’s wings almost over the treetops.

The smoldering wreckage of destroyed military vehicles and holes in vast green fields caused by shelling are seen in a split second as the fighter jet travels at breakneck speeds across the battlefield of Donbas.

After about 20 seconds of tension, the pilot appears to successfully escape before Russian forces could launch a missile.

Ukraine’s ongoing struggle for control of its airspace has been vital to its ability to repel Vladimir Putin’s invading forces.

The 'Top Gun' style cockpit footage shared on social media shows the pilot of the Ukrainian Su-25 attack jet fighter performing sharp evasive maneuvers as the forests, roads and fields of the country's eastern Donbas region below zoom past

The 'Top Gun' style cockpit footage shared on social media shows the pilot of the Ukrainian Su-25 attack jet fighter performing sharp evasive maneuvers as the forests, roads and fields of the country's eastern Donbas region below zoom past

The ‘Top Gun’ style cockpit footage shared on social media shows the pilot of the Ukrainian Su-25 attack jet fighter performing sharp evasive maneuvers as the forests, roads and fields of the country’s eastern Donbas region below zoom past

Fighter pilots flying for the Ukrainian Air Force have shown during the conflict that they are not afraid to fly close to the ground to evade Russian missiles.

Several videos shot from the ground have shown dogfights taking place over Ukrainian land, and reports have suggested that some Ukrainian pilots have cut electricity cables, according to the report. The Telegraph

Before the invasion was launched on February 24, analysts feared the worst for Ukraine if Russia reached the air force.

In May, however, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his army had shot down its 200th Russian plane — a figure few thought possible before the war.

“Russia has not lost so many planes in a war in decades,” Zelensky said on May 13.

Fearing its planes might be shot down, Russia was reluctant to fly mid-air over battlefields. As a result, the Ukrainian troops have been able to move much more freely and meet the Kremlin troops in combat without fear of an aircraft attack.

A lack of air supremacy is one of several factors that reportedly prevented the Russian military from taking Kiev in the early days of the war, pushing Putin’s forces back and focusing instead on the eastern Donbass. region of Ukraine.

A Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 launches decoy bullets as close air support to Ukrainian troops on the ground during the Battle of Yampil, eastern Ukraine, on April 27, 2022

A Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 launches decoy bullets as close air support to Ukrainian troops on the ground during the Battle of Yampil, eastern Ukraine, on April 27, 2022

A Ukrainian Su-25 jet flies after an attack on Russian positions in Ukraine's Donetsk region, Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A Ukrainian Su-25 jet flies after an attack on Russian positions in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The region has seen some of the fiercest fighting since the invasion began.

Ukraine said on Thursday it lost up to 100 soldiers every day in front-line battles against Russian forces and as many as 500 were wounded in the fighting.

“The situation on the front line is difficult. Every day we killed up to 100 of our soldiers and wounded up to 500.

The Kremlin continues to push en masse, stumbles, faces strong resistance and suffers enormous losses,” Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on social media.

Ukrainian forces continued to fight for the industrial zone and adjacent areas to the east of the Kiev-owned city of Sievierodonetsk.

Mayor Oleksandr Stryuk said on Thursday the situation is “difficult but manageable,” and Kiev said Russian forces now largely control the city itself.

He said that the defense lines held up despite intense Russian artillery fire, but that it was now impossible to evacuate people from Sievierodonetsk.

He added that there are still about 10,000 civilians in the city, which is now the main focus of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

The strategic city has become the hub of the Russian offensive seeking to capture an eastern swath of Ukraine after being driven from other parts of the country.

Western long-range artillery would enable Ukraine to strike back Russian forces and capture Severodonetsk within days, another Ukrainian regional official said Thursday.

“Once we have long-range artillery to engage in duels with Russian artillery, our special forces can clear the city in two to three days,” Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said in an interview circulated on his official social media. channels.

Moscow’s forces are concentrating their firepower on the strategically important industrial center as part of their effort to capture part of eastern Ukraine.

Smoke and dirt rise from shelling in the city of Severodonetsk during clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region on June 7, 2022

Smoke and dirt rise from shelling in the city of Severodonetsk during clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region on June 7, 2022

A view of a building partially destroyed by shelling in Kharkiv's Saltivka district, June 8

A view of a building partially destroyed by shelling in Kharkiv’s Saltivka district, June 8

A rescuer works inside a destroyed building after shelling during Russian attacks on Ukraine in Kharkiv, Ukraine on June 9, 2022

A rescuer works inside a destroyed building after shelling during Russian attacks on Ukraine in Kharkiv, Ukraine on June 9, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the battle late Wednesday as “one of the most difficult” since the start of the war.

“Severodonetsk remains the epicenter of fighting in the Donbas,” Zelensky said, referring to the region of eastern Ukraine that includes the provinces of Lugansk and Donetsk.

“It is a very fierce battle, very difficult, probably one of the toughest in the course of this war,” Zelensky said in his evening address to the nation.

Gaiday said on Thursday that Ukrainian troops in the city remain “highly motivated” and that “everyone is holding their positions.”

“Russia is constantly shelling areas controlled by Ukrainians with artillery,” he added.

The US and Britain have announced that they will supply Kiev with long-range precision artillery batteries, defying warnings from Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The Lugansk region in general was under constant attack from mortars, artillery and missiles, the Ukrainian presidency said.

A Russian airstrike on Toshkivka, a village about 25 kilometers south of Severodonetsk, killed four people and injured five.

Russia’s offensive is now focused on the Donbas after its forces were driven back from Kiev and other areas following the February 24 invasion.

The cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, which are separated by a river, were the last areas in Lugansk still under Ukrainian control.

Lysychansk remains fully under the control of the Ukrainian military but is under “vigorous and chaotic” shelling, said Gaiday, who accuses Russian troops of deliberately attacking hospitals and humanitarian aid distribution centers.

“The destruction is enormous,” he added.

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