There are battles on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan: there are dead
Armed clashes took place on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, as a result of fighting, military personnel died. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the states, writes "LIGA.Novosti".
Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of shelling and violating the ceasefire at the border section near the Tovuz region. According to the country's ministry, there are losses on both sides, and now "there are battles in this direction."
The Ministry of Defense of Armenia states that at about 12:30 (local time) the Azerbaijani military "for no apparent reason" tried to cross the border in the direction of Tavush in a UAZ vehicle. After a warning from the Armenian Armed Forces, the Azerbaijanis returned to their positions, abandoning the car.
“At 13:45, the servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces repeated their attempt to seize our stronghold, hiding behind artillery fire, but were thrown back by return fire from their positions, having suffered losses in manpower ․ There are no losses from the Armenian side, ”the ministry says.
At least four Azerbaijani troops were killed as a result of the armed confrontation, writes with the BBC.
The incident occurred in the Tovuz region of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, that is, away from the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), which occupies the territory disputed by Azerbaijan and Armenia. Baku considers it occupied by the Armenians. In the region of the NKR border with Azerbaijan, periodical shootings and shelling take place.
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of provoking an incident in the Tovuz region.
“Starting from noon on July 12, units of the Armenian armed forces, grossly violating the ceasefire in the Tovuz region of the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border, fired on our positions from artillery installations,” the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
The Azerbaijani army specified that two soldiers were killed as a result of the battle, and later another died from his wounds. Five Azerbaijani soldiers were injured.
Accusations of shelling a village
The press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan stated that on the night of Monday, July 13, shelling from the Azerbaijani side resumed "from an 82-mm mortar and a tank."
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry accused Armenia of shelling the village of Agdam, located in the Tovuz region, not far from the border with Armenia. However, a representative of the Armenian armed forces wrote on Facebook that the army “does not shoot in the direction of Azerbaijani settlements”, but only fires “the engineering infrastructure and technical means of the Azerbaijani armed forces”.
The representatives of the administration of the village of Agdam reported that a panic began in the village. “Shooting from large-caliber weapons began, the villagers began to panic. The situation in the village is bad, ”said Gismat Mammadov, a representative of the local administration.
Later, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense reported the death of the fourth soldier in a shootout with the Armenian military. At the same time, the ministry accused the Armenian side of suppressing its losses.
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“In the night battles with artillery, mortars and tanks, our subunits destroyed the enemy stronghold, artillery, vehicles and personnel on the territory of the military unit. The enemy is hiding information about the victims, ”the ministry said in a statement.
The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began over Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, populated mainly by Armenians, announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
In 1994, with the mediation of Moscow, an armistice agreement was signed, which put an end to active hostilities in the region, but left Karabakh and the surrounding areas of Azerbaijan under Armenian control.
During the six years of the war, more than 30 thousand people died.
The peace settlement came to a standstill after the talks between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2009.
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