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Armenia, Azerbaijan Erupt Into Fight Over Disputed Region

Yerevan: Civilians and combatants have been killed after Armenia and Azerbaijan engaged in heavy preventing over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area.

Armenia additionally accused Azerbaijan of air and artillery assaults and reported downing helicopters and destroying tanks, and declared martial legislation, the BBC reported.

Azerbaijan mentioned it had begun a counter-offensive in response to shelling.

The area is internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however managed by ethnic Armenians.

They broke away within the dying years of the Soviet Union. Each Armenia and Azerbaijan have been a part of the communist state, which sought to suppress ethnic and non secular variations.

Amid the clashes, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev mentioned he was assured of regaining management over the breakaway area.

Martial legislation has additionally been declared in some areas of Azerbaijan.

The battle within the Caucasus Mountains has remained unresolved for greater than three many years, with periodic bouts of preventing. Border clashes in July killed not less than 16 individuals, prompting the biggest demonstration for years within the Azerbaijani capital Baku, the place there have been requires the area’s recapture.

On Sunday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged help for Azerbaijan throughout the brand new disaster whereas Russia, historically seen as an ally of Armenia, referred to as for a direct ceasefire and talks to stabilise the scenario.

France, which has a big Armenian neighborhood, referred to as for a direct ceasefire and dialogue.
Iran, which borders each Azerbaijan and Armenia, supplied to dealer peace talks.

Armenia’s defence ministry mentioned an assault on civilian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, together with the regional capital Stepanakert, started at 08.10 native time (04.10 GMT) on Sunday.

A lady and baby have been killed, officers mentioned. The separatist authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh mentioned 16 of their servicemen had died, with 100 injured.

Armenia mentioned it had shot down two helicopters and three drones, in addition to destroying three tanks.

Armenia’s authorities declared martial legislation and complete army mobilisation, shortly after an identical announcement by the authorities inside Nagorno-Karabakh.

Martial legislation is an emergency measure beneath which the army takes over the authority and capabilities of the civilian authorities.

“Get ready to defend our sacred homeland,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan mentioned after accusing Azerbaijan of “pre-planned aggression”.

Warning that the area was on the point of a “large-scale war”, and accusing Turkey of “aggressive behaviour”, he urged the worldwide neighborhood to unite to forestall any additional destabilisation.

In line with Azerbaijani prosecutors, 5 members of the identical household have been killed by Armenian shelling of 1 village in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry confirmed the lack of one helicopter however mentioned the crew had survived, and reported that 12 Armenian air defence programs had been destroyed. It denied different losses reported by Armenia.

President Aliyev mentioned he had ordered a large-scale counter-offensive operation in response to Armenian military assaults.

“As a result of the counter-offensive operation, a number of Azerbaijani residential areas that were under occupation have been liberated,” he mentioned in remarks broadcast on tv.

“I am confident that our successful counter-offensive operation will put an end to the occupation, to the injustice, to the 30-year-long occupation.”

Armenia’s defence ministry denied any villages had been misplaced to Azerbaijan.

President Erdogan referred to as Armenia “the biggest threat to peace and tranquillity in the region”.

The Organisation for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has lengthy been making an attempt to mediate a settlement of the battle over Nagorno-Karabakh, with diplomats from France, Russia and the US – making up the OSCE Minsk Group – making an attempt to construct on a 1994 ceasefire.

(IANS)

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