Azerbaijan reported losses of its forces after large-scale border clashes with Armenia.
Armenia and Azerbaijan reported new border clashes that resulted in the deaths of an unknown number of Azerbaijani forces.
The fighting, which erupted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, marks the latest escalation between the two arch-rivals, who fought a war in 2020 over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Each side blamed the other for the fight.
The Armenian Defense Ministry said in a statement that Azerbaijan launched “intensive bombardment” on Armenian military positions in the direction of the cities of Goris, Sok and Jermuk at 00:05 am (20:05 GMT) on Tuesday. She added that the Azerbaijani forces used drones as well as “high-caliber artillery and firearms”.
“Armenian armed forces launched a proportionate response,” she added.
But the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry accused Armenia of committing “large-scale sabotage acts” near the border provinces of Dasheksan, Kalpajar and Lachin, adding that its army positions “came under fire, including from trenches mortar.”
There are losses between [Azerbaijani] He said without giving numbers.
The United States said it was deeply concerned about the reports of the attacks.
“As we have long made clear, there can be no military solution to the conflict,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Monday. We urge an immediate end to any military hostilities. “
There have been frequent reports of fighting along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border since the end of the 2020 war.
Last week, Armenia accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in an attack on the border.
In August, Azerbaijan said it had lost a soldier, and the Karabakh army said two of its soldiers were killed and more than a dozen wounded.
The neighbors fought two wars over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan.
The conflict first erupted in the late 1980s, when both sides were under Soviet rule and Armenian forces captured vast tracts of land near Nagorno-Karabakh – internationally recognized as Azerbaijan’s territory, but with a large Armenian population. Some 30,000 people were killed in the ensuing conflict.
Azerbaijan regained those territories in the fighting of 2020, which ended with a Russian-brokered armistice and the return of thousands of residents to the homes from which they fled. More than 6,500 people lost their lives in the six-week war.
Since then, the leaders of the two countries have met several times to come up with a treaty aimed at establishing a lasting peace.
During EU-mediated talks in Brussels in May and April, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to “advance discussions” on a future peace treaty.
Pashinyan on Tuesday held separate phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron over the recent clashes, according to the Armenian government.
The Armenian government said the prime minister condemned the “provocative and aggressive actions” of the Azerbaijani armed forces and called for an “appropriate response from the international community.”
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