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Armenia, Azerbaijan trade clashes blame

Officials in Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a truce amid a new outbreak of fighting.

September 29, 2022
29 September 2022

Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a ceasefire agreement that ended two days of warfare this month – the second such violation in five days.

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said about 6pm on Wednesday, Armenian units had started firing at Azerbaijani positions in the Kalbajar region, wounding one serviceman, and that Azerbaijani forces had taken “retaliatory measures”.

The Armenian defence ministry gave an opposite account, tweeting Azerbaijani forces had fired towards Armenian positions near the common border using mortars and large-calibre weapons, and that the Armenian side had retaliated.

After border clashes two weeks ago that killed almost 200 soldiers, the worst bout of fighting since a six-week war between the two ex-Soviet countries in late 2020, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia.

Armenia said then that Azerbaijan had attacked its territory and seized settlements inside its borders; Azerbaijan said it was responding to “provocations” from the Armenian side.

Armenia Azerbaijan Renewed border skirmishes between Armenia and Azerbaijan have left at least 99 troops dead.AP PHOTO
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been holding skirmishes over border issues. (AP Photo)

Last Friday, both sides accused each other of breaching the truce by firing across the border.

The fighting is linked to decades-old hostilities over control of the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but until 2020 largely controlled by the majority ethnic Armenian population.

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