Armenia and Azerbaijan are trading accusations of the breakdown of the agreement concluded with the mediation of the United States. Prior to this, the parties had already agreed on a ceasefire twice, but both truces also did not last long.
The new ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to officials from both sides, was violated almost immediately after its entry into force on Monday at 7 a.m. Moscow time. Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other for disrupting the agreement mediated by the United States.
First, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced that Armenian soldiers fired on the Azerbaijani city of Terter and nearby villages in Karabakh. Then, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that the Azerbaijani armed forces had bombarded the positions of the formations of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) in the northeastern direction.
Third attempt failed
Previously, the parties to the conflict have already concluded two ceasefire agreements during Russia-brokered negotiations, but each time the ceasefire also did not last long. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said last week that he did not see a diplomatic solution to the Karabakh crisis and called on the Armenian population to arms.
The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh escalated sharply on September 27, when Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military operation to regain control of this region, inhabited mainly by Armenians. Since then, many people, including civilians, have been killed and injured as a result of the fighting.
Nagorno-Karabakh unilaterally declared independence from Azerbaijan after the collapse of the USSR. The independence of the self-proclaimed NKR is not recognized by any country. The negotiation process aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the conflict is being conducted under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States.
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