They are between separatist groups from Nagorno-Karabakh, related to Armenia, and the Azeri government. Strong messages from Russia and Turkey.
Several people died and others were injured due to the clashes that occurred this Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Armenian Government decreed martial law and a general mobilization.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a secessionist region of Azerbaijan, with an Armenian majority and that has the support of Yerevan. In the early 1990s, it was the scene of a conflict that left 30,000 dead.
Since then, the Azerbaijani authorities want to regain control, albeit by force. The peace negotiations are at a standstill for years.
This Sunday, the fighting began early in the morning, when, according to the information provided by the Azeri Defense Ministry, Armenian forces attacked Azerbaijani military positions in Nagorno-Karabakh and its surroundings, leaving an unknown number of dead and wounded. .
“At 6 a.m. (local time), Armenian forces carried out a full-scale provocation by subjecting a heavy bombardment with large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery the Azeri Army positions along the front and our villages in the border area, “the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Azerbaijan indicated that their forces “are responding with measures to stop enemy provocation and guarantee the safety of civilians living near the front, “according to the Sputnik news agency.
Instead, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan noted that “the enemy launched an offensive on Srtsaj,” the Armenian name for the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The defense forces are successfully resisting the offensive,” Pashinián said on Facebook. The Armenian Defense Ministry assured that they shot down two helicopters and three Azeri drones in Nagorno-Karabakh. “The fighting continues,” underlined the ministerial spokesperson, Shushán Stepanián, in the same social network.
Pashinián also announced the application of the martial law and a general mobilization in Armenia. “Martial law and general mobilization are decreed. I urge all personnel to report to military police stations,” declared the prime minister.
For his part, the spokesman for the Government of the self-proclaimed republic, Vargram Pogosián, confirmed that the capital, Stepanakert, and several towns in Nagorno-Karabakh suffered artillery fire and announced that there will be a “proportionate” response, urging the population to ” seek shelter”.
Both sides launched indictments for civilian casualties.
Thus, the Armenian Foreign Minister, Zograb Mnatsakanián, contacted the Minsk Group.
Russia, part of the group that seeks to contain the tension in the area, urged Azerbaijan and the separatist sectors to stop aggressions.
“The situation in the Nagorno Karabakh area has deteriorated considerably,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, after the two sides intensified the armed clash on the line of contact with intense attacks.
“We urge the parties to immediate ceasefire and to begin negotiations in order to stabilize the situation “, indicated the Russian diplomacy.
For its part, Turkey blamed Armenia for the escalation of tension.