Armenia’s Defense Ministry stated on Wednesday that three of its troops had been killed in clashes with Azerbaijan’s army in what is among the deadliest incidents over the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh since a six-week battle ended final November.
“As a results of armed motion launched following an assault by Azerbaijani forces, there are three dead and two wounded from the Armenian facet as of 08:30 (0430 GMT),” the ministry stated in an announcement.
Armenia’s Foreign Ministry added, “the Azerbaijani facet is intentionally escalating the scenario as its forces stay illegally on Armenia’s sovereign territory.”
What has Azerbaijan stated?
The Azeri authorities rejected Armenia’s account.
Its Defense Ministry accused Armenia of a army provocation, saying Armenian forces opened fireplace in the direction of Azerbaijani positions in the district of Kelbajar in the early hours of Wednesday.
“Armenia bears full duty for the escalation of tensions alongside the 2 international locations’ shared border,” it stated, including that two Azeri troopers had been wounded.
What occurred final 12 months?
A six-week battle between between the 2 nations final autumn left some 6,500 individuals dead.
The battle ended in November with a Russian-brokered cease-fire beneath which Armenia ceded territories it had managed for many years.
Prisoner swaps additionally happened as a part of the deal.
Tensions between Baku and Yerevan flared up once more in May, when Armenia accused Azerbaijan’s army of crossing its southern frontier to “lay siege” to a lake shared by the 2 international locations.
There have been sporadic clashes in current months, sparking fears of recent combating.
What is the background to the battle?
Nagorno-Karabakh is acknowledged as a part of Azerbaijan, however its inhabitants is majority Armenian.
It has principally been ruled by a separatist, self-declared republic, run by ethnic Armenians and backed by the Armenian authorities.
Separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh voted to interrupt away from Azerbaijan in the late Eighties because the Soviet Union collapsed, and the following battle has claimed round 30,000 lives.