Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of opening fire, reports “retaliatory actions”


The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan announced on Saturday that a soldier of this country was killed in shelling from Armenian troops. The shelling allegedly took place in areas that until 2020 were controlled by separatists from Nagorno-Karabakh. The Armenian authorities denied these reports.

The ministry’s statement says that from the position of the troops Armenia “sniper fire was opened on the positions of the Azerbaijani army” located in the direction of the town of Ashagy-Ajrym. Branches Azerbaijan take retaliatory actions, the statement added.

The Armenian Ministry of Defense said that the Azerbaijani announcement about opening fire on the eastern section of the border “does not correspond to reality.”

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Azerbaijan takes control of Nagorno-Karabakh

The incident occurred shortly after Azerbaijani forces took full control of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian enclave on Azerbaijani territory that had maintained its independence for 30 years. As a result of the Baku military operation on September 19, Nagorno-Karabakh forces laid down their weapons, and separatist leaders announced the dissolution of the quasi-state on January 1, 2024.

It was the third war over Nagorno-Karabakh (the first – at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s, the second – in 2020). The Armenian population has been fleeing this region for a week. More than 100,000 inhabitants of Karabakh – 83 percent of its population – have already fled to Armenia.

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Conflict in Nagorno-KarabakhPAP/Maciej Zieliński, Adam Ziemienowicz

Main photo source: Reuters

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