Armenian and Azerbaijani forces continue to fight in Nagorno Karabakh despite truce

Armenian and Azerbaijani forces continue to fight in Nagorno Karabakh despite truce

The Armenian forces of Nagorno Karabakh and the Azerbaijani army continued to fight on Monday morning, in violation of a humanitarian truce agreement that was to be in force from Saturday.

“On the morning of October 12, the Armed Forces of Armenia bombed the Agdam region,” stated in a statement from the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

According to the Azerbaijani side, the Armenian troops tried to regain positions south of Nagorno Karabakh, but were repelled. ” At this time the Azerbaijani Army forces have operational advantage along the entire front line ,” the statement concluded.

For her part, the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, Shushan Stepanián, denounced that the Azerbaijani forces attacked with artillery fire in the south of Nagorno Karabakh. ” The night in the conflict zone was tense. Now the enemy is punishing intensely. artillery fire the southern sector , “Stepanián wrote on Facebook.

From the separatist capital, Stepanakert, an AFP journalist was able to hear artillery fire from the southwest of the self-proclaimed republic in the morning.

Other AFP reporters could hear the noise of artillery fire from the Terter district, northeast of Karabakh.

The belligerents once again accused each other of fueling hostilities and claimed victories on the battlefield.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claimed on Twitter that the separatist forces were shelling the Goranboy, Terter and Agdam districts and that they were “exhausted” and were withdrawing to the Hadrut region.

The information center of the Armenian government assured that the Azerbaijani army had been rejected and that it had suffered “great losses of human life and military equipment” .

The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict dates back to the times of the Soviet Union, when in the late 1980s the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno Karabakh, populated mainly by Armenians, requested their incorporation into neighboring Armenia, after which a war broke out which caused some 25,000 deaths.

Bahtiyar Elnur, 5, who was injured during an explosion, plays with her sister Sehla, during the fighting in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan. REUTERS / Umit Bektas
Bahtiyar Elnur, 5, who was injured during an explosion, plays with her sister Sehla, during the fighting in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan. REUTERS / Umit Bektas
At the end of the fighting, which lasted until 1994, the Armenian forces took control of Nagorno Karabakh and also occupied vast Azerbaijani territories, which they call the “security strip”, to unite it with Armenia.

Azerbaijan maintains that the solution to the conflict with Armenia necessarily involves the liberation of the occupied territories , a demand that has been supported by several resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Armenia supports the right to self-determination of Nagorno Karabakh and advocates the participation of representatives of the separatist territory in the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict.

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