Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijani army attacks at night despite a ceasefire

Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijani army attacks at night despite a ceasefire

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As reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in the night battles that took place the day before yesterday in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azerbaijani army was to repel strikes by the Armenian army in several sections of the front line and inflict significant losses on it

New clashes took place in the northern and south-eastern part of Nagorno-Karabakh, where battles were fought on the bridgeheads captured by Azeri forces. According to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, Armenian forces attack some sections, which met with a strong response from the Azerbaijani side and ended with their arrest.

As a result of the fighting, as a result of the actions taken by Azerbaijan, several pieces of military equipment used by the Armenian land forces were destroyed or damaged, including: five T-72 MBTs, three BM-21 Grad multi-missile launchers, one BMP- infantry fighting vehicle 2, one 9K33 Osa-AKM self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system, one KS-19 towed anti-aircraft gun and two D-30 towed howitzers, as well as several different kinds of military cars. Azerbaijani authorities also report on artillery shelling by the Armenian army in the regions of Terter, Aghdam and Aghjabedi.

Mutual Armenian-Azerbaijani accusations of breaking the armistice in Nagorno-Karabakh have been going on since its entry into force. A bilateral agreement was agreed with the mediation of Russia and Turkey on the night of October 9-10 in Moscow under pressure from international opinion.

However, it was quickly broken, and from that moment on, intense fights are being fought in the area, and both sides have reported further losses. According to the latest emerging information, the Azerbaijani army was to launch a massive offensive and obtain a breakthrough on the front line at the southeastern bridgehead in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.

During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.

In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.

The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.

At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.

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