Ukrainian fighter jet pilot goes Top Gun to evade Russian missile lock

This is the heart-stopping moment a Ukrainian fighter pilot evaded a Russian missile lock with a series of astonishing evasive manoeuvres.

The Top Gun-style footage shows the pilot of the Ukrainian Su-25 attack jet almost graze tree tops, fighting for their life in the Donbas region as it is locked on to from the ground.

The clip starts with the pilot racing his jet above a road on which military vehicles can be seen.

It then becomes clear that Russian missile systems have honed in on the Soviet-era jet as its radar system begins to flare up.

Keeping his cool in the face of astonishing danger, the pilot reacts by thrashing the jet's joystick left and right, tilting the aircraft at high speed as it travels over woods and fields.

The pilot also moves closer to the ground, coming just a few metres from the tops of the trees while turning the jet on its side.

At one point, the smoking wreckage of what appears to be destroyed military vehicles can be seen out of the cockpit. There are also visible holes in the ground, presumably caused by intense shelling and missile strikes.

After almost 20 seconds of death-defying action, it appears that the Ukrainian pilot manages to shake off the missile lock.

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According to The Telegraph, these fearless manoeuvres have been commonplace in Ukraine, with reports of some pilots clipping electricity cables with jet wings.

The Ukrainians' ability to prevent Russia gaining air superiority has been a key factor in allowing them to keep Vladimir Putin's invaders at bay.

Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed that his military had taken out 200 Russian aircraft.

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"Russia has not lost so many aircraft in any war in decades," he said.

The most recent figures from the Ukrainian authorities now have that number at 212.

Before the invasion, analysts had feared that Russia would gain air superiority quite easily before forcing Ukraine into submission – but that hasn't happened.

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Meanwhile two British soldiers captured by Russian forces while fighting for the invaded country have been sentenced to death by pro-Moscow rebels in what Foreign Secretary Liz Truss branded a “sham judgment”.

Aiden Aslin, 28, and Shaun Pinner, 48, were convicted of taking action towards violent seizure of power at a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

The UK Government insisted the judgment had no legitimacy and the pair should be treated as prisoners of war.

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