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A Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet reportedly flew within five meters of a Polish L-410 Turbolet patrolling the Black Sea for Frontex (Image: Getty/Reuters)

A military plane belonging to the EU border protection agency almost crashed after coming within “five meters” of a Russian fighter jet.

Poland’s border guards said one of their surveillance planes, an L-410 Turbolet, was patrolling the Black Sea on behalf of Frontex on Friday.

A Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet approached the Polish plane without making radio contact and flew dangerously close to the plane three times, officials claimed.

The Russian jet’s dangerous maneuvers allegedly caused the Polish pilots to lose control and forced them to make an emergency landing in Romania.

Government spokesman Piotr Muller told local media: “It looks like a planned provocation by Russia, the crew acted responsibly and fortunately nothing happened.”

He added: “We can see that Russia is trying to attract international attention through such provocations.”

Romanian and Spanish planes were reportedly placed on “pre-alert” by NATO after the incident.

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Russian fighter jet came dangerously close to Polish surveillance plane three times (Image: Reuters)

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The Polish pilots lost control of the plane and had to make an emergency landing in Romania (Image: Getty)

The perceived provocation came two days before Putin launched a new wave of rocket attacks on various locations in Ukraine ahead of tomorrow’s Victory Day celebration in Moscow, the annual commemoration of Russia’s triumph over Nazi Germany.

These included strikes in several locations in the capital Kiev, as well as in the southern port city of Odessa, the southern Kherson region, the Zaporizhia region in the south-east and the Sumy region in the north-east.

Attacks on Russian targets in Ukraine have also increased recently, particularly in the Russian-held areas of Crimea.

Although Ukraine has not officially claimed responsibility for these attacks, officials say they are nonetheless attempting to destroy key enemy infrastructure before launching an imminent full-scale counteroffensive against Russian forces.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Kyrgyzstan's President Sadyr Japarov in Moscow, Russia, May 8, 2023. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Putin has launched a series of rocket attacks on Ukraine overnight before Moscow celebrates Victory Day tomorrow (Image: Reuters)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/Shutterstock (13859634f) President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen in the Prime Minister's office in Warsaw. Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena made a one-day visit to Warsaw as a gesture of thanks to neighboring Poland for its support in defending Ukraine against Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian President met Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to discuss Poland's continued military support to the Ukrainian army. Volodymyr Zelensky visits Warsaw, Poland - April 05, 2023

Zelenskyy recently said in The Hague that Russian forces committed 6,000 war crimes in April alone (Image: Shutterstock)

Ukraine hopes this counter-offensive, aimed at liberating remaining Russian-controlled territories, will decisively turn the tide of a 15-month war that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

During a visit to The Hague, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claimed that Russian forces had committed more than 6,000 war crimes on Ukrainian soil in April alone.

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