Shortly after a ceasefire was agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the governments accuse each other of breaches. The fighting is said to have broken out again in the South Caucasus.
- Im war one Nagorno-Karabakh a ceasefire is agreed.
- After just a few hours, the fighting broke out again.
- Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violations.
Yerevan – In the conflict over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh the ceasefire agreed on Saturday has once again proven to be fragile. Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violations of the just a few hours old ceasefire on Sunday night. “The enemy” fired artillery shells and rockets, a spokeswoman for the Armenian Defense Ministry said on the online service Twitter.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense in Baku again accused the Armenian armed forces of a “gross violation” of the agreement. The ministry reported artillery fire and attacks along the border.
The two conflicting parties had only agreed on a “humanitarian ceasefire” on Saturday evening. This should apply from midnight. A ceasefire has been in place since last week, but the fighting continued. The one that has lasted for decades conflict was on fire again at the end of September after a period of relative calm. Hundreds of people have been killed since the beginning of the fighting, including dozens of civilians.
Nagorno-Karabakh war: ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan broken after a short time
Nagorno-Karabakh had unilaterally declared its independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union. This was followed by a war with 30,000 dead in the 1990s. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is still not recognized internationally and is considered part of it under international law Azerbaijan. Most of it is inhabited by Armenians.
The #Azerbaijan‘i AF have once again grossly violated the new HUM ceasefire. At 07: 20 after an active artillery fire, the enemy launched an attack in the S. direction (Khudaferin Reservoir) in order to occupy favorable positions. There are casualties and wounded on both sides.
— MoD of Armenia 🇦🇲 (@ArmeniaMODTeam) October 18, 2020
Observers fear that the conflict into a proxy war between Russia and Turkey in the Caucasus. Turkey supports the neighboring country in the conflict Azerbaijan. Russia has good relations with both sides, but is considered the military protective power Armenians. (afp)
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