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Interfax and other agencies report that the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has announced that a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25 attack aircraft has been forced to make an emergency landing after being struck by a surface-to-air missile (SAM).

According to the Ministry, two Su-25s were conducting combat operations over the ATO zone when, at around 13:00 (10:00 GMT) today, the wingman's plane was struck and damaged by a missile fired from a portable SAM system (MANPADS).

The pilot was able to make an emergency landing and sustained only minor injuries.

The announcement was also made that air operations had resumed over the ATO following a pause due to the downing of an An-26 cargo aircraft by a SAM on Monday, July 14. The Ministry said that several air strikes had been carried out by Ukrainian aircraft in addition to the resumption of aid and transport flights.