Armenia states 49 soldiers eliminated in clashes with Azerbaijan

Armenia says 49 soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

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A trench at a border checkpoint in between Armenia and Azerbaijan near the town of Sotk, Armenia.

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Armenia stated on Tuesday that a minimum of 49 of its soldiers had actually been eliminated in clashes along the border with Azerbaijan after a sharp escalation in hostilities that triggered huge powers to require restraint.

Armenia stated that a number of towns near the border with Azerbaijan, consisting of Jermuk, Goris and Kapan, were being shelled in the early hours of Tuesday, and stated it had actually reacted to what it called a “large-scale provocation” by the Azerbaijan.

Baku stated it was assaulted byArmenia

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan implicated Azerbaijan of assaulting Armenian towns since it did not wish to work out over the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave that is inside Azerbaijan however primarily occupied by ethnic Armenians.

“The intensity of hostilities has decreased but attacks on one or two fronts from Azerbaijan continue,” Pashinyan stated in a speech to parliament, according to Russian media.

The newest escalation of decades-old hostilities in between the 2 south Caucasus nations has actually sustained worries that a 2nd full-fledged war might break out in the post-Soviet world in addition to Russia’s intrusion of Ukraine.

Azerbaijan, which implicated Armenia of bring intelligence activity along the border and moving weapons, stated its military positions came under attack byArmenia Azerbaijani media reported that a ceasefire arrangement had actually been broken nearly right away after being implemented early onTuesday

“As we have long made clear, there can be no military solution to the conflict,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in a declaration. “We urge an end to any military hostilities immediately.”

Russia, which runs a military base in Armenia, is a crucial power broker in the area and an ally of Yerevan through the Moscow- led Collective Security Treaty Organization, while Turkey backsAzerbaijan

The defence ministers of Armenia and Russia spoke on Tuesday early morning and consented to take actions to stabilise the circumstance on the border, while Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held a call with his Azerbaijani equivalent Jeyhun Bayramov and required Armenia to “cease its provocations.”

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, likewise advised Pashinyan to avoid more escalation.

Russia sent out countless peacekeepers to the area in 2020 as part of an offer to end 6 weeks of hostilities in between the sides which saw Azerbaijan make substantial territorial gains around Nagorno-Karabakh