At least 6 soldiers are killed as a result of bloody Azerbaijan and Armenia armies’ clashes over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence claimed that fighting was provoked by Armenia and it started artillery bombardment of the Azeri army. One Azerbaijani and at least 5 Armenian soldiers died.
Official Erevan denies all the messages from Baku and declares that Azeri military forces breach the ceasefire agreement signed in 1994.
“There are about 160 violations detected within the last night [24-25 July],” said the Armenian Defence Ministry Spokesperson Artsrun Hovannisyan. He also added that the Armenian military forces answered back to Azeri aggression.
The two former Soviet Union countries have disputed the ownership of the territory called Nagorno-Karabakh for decades. Most of the area inhabitants are Armenians, but the territory itself is situated in Azerbaijan.
Armenian troops have controlled the area of the ethnic enclave which comprises 16% of the Azerbaijan territory since 1990s. The war for Nagorno-Karabakh started in 1988 and officially ended in May 1994. Bloody clashes claimed life of about 30,000 people. However, the exact number has not been estimated as the both sides blame each other for a deliberate causalities undercount. As many as 1 million people had to leave their homes and move to other places. The ceasefire agreement signed in 1994 “froze” the conflict, but the fire between Armenian and Azeri forces was not ceased. The conflict gets escalated from time to time.
Interestingly, the recent events took place a day after the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe announced that the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia are to meet by the end of this year to discuss ways of calming tensions between the two countries. Neither Baku, nor Erevan officially confirmed this statement.