Deadly clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan’s troops are reporting losses after large-scale clashes at the border with Armenia.
Armenia and Azerbaijan both reported new border clashes, which left unidentified numbers of Azerbaijani troops killed.
The fighting broke out on Tuesday early, marking the latest flare-up between arch foes. In 2020, they fought a battle over Nagorno Karabakh.
Each side blamed the other for the fighting.
Armenia’s defense ministry claimed that Azerbaijan launched an “intensive bombardment” against Armenian military posts in the direction of Jermuk, Sok, Goris, and Sok at 00.05 GMT on Tuesday. According to the defense ministry, Azerbaijani troops used drones and “artillery as well large-caliber firearms.”
It stated that Armenia’s armed forces had launched a proportionate response.
Azerbaijan’s defense ministry claimed that Armenia committed a “large-scale subversive act” near the districts of Dashkesan, Kelbajar, and Lachin along the border. They also said that Armenia’s army positions had been “under fire, including by trench mortars.”
It said that “There are losses among [Azerbaijani] servicemen,” but didn’t give figures.
The United States stated that it was concerned about reports of the attacks.
US Secretary Antony Blinken declared Monday, “As we’ve long stated, there can’t be a military solution for the conflict.” “We call for an immediate cessation of all military hostilities.”
Since the end of 2020, there have been many reports of fighting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
Armenia accused Azerbaijan last week of killing one of its soldiers in a border raid.
Azerbaijan reported that it lost a soldier in August. In Karabakh, the army claimed that more than a dozen of its soldiers were injured and two had been killed.
Two wars have been fought between the neighbors over the Nagorno Karabakh region, an Armenian-populated area in Azerbaijan.
Conflict broke out during the 1980s when both sides were still under Soviet control. Armenian forces took large areas of territory near Nagorno Karabakh, long known internationally as Azerbaijan’s territory but with a large Armenian populace. In the conflict that followed, around 30,000 people were killed.
Azerbaijan won those territories in 2020 fighting. The truce, brokered by Russia, saw thousands of people returning to their homes after fleeing. The six-week war saw more than 6,500 deaths.
Since then, both leaders have met numerous times to negotiate a long-lasting peace treaty.
During EU mediation talks in Brussels, May and April, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to begin “advance discussion” regarding a future peace agreement.
According to the Armenian government, Pashinyan had separate calls on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as French President Emmanuel Macron regarding the latest clashes.
Armenian Prime Minister condemned the “provocative, offensive actions” of Azerbaijani armed force and called for “adequate responses from the international community”, the Armenian government stated.
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