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Armenia declared raids down on Azerbaijan

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Armenia says air defense forces in Nagorno-Karabakh have shot down the Azerbaijan Su-25 attack, in the context of the two sides accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

“The air defense units at Nagorno-Karabakh dropped a Su-25 attack in the northeast direction. The aircraft on the Azerbaijani air force staff, downed while operating along the border line under the cover of the F fighter. -16 Turkey, “Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stepanyan said today.

The Azerbaijani army and the pro-Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh were not available for comment. The information came as Yerevan and Baku repeatedly accused each other of violating the ceasefire agreement.

Su-25 reinforcement in the Azerbaijani air force staff Image: Jetphotos.

“The Armenian forces did not comply with the humanitarian agreement when repeatedly raided our positions in the Aghdere-Aghdam and Fizuli-Jabrail regions, and continued to bombard the Goranboy, Terter and Aghdam regions. backward many enemy attacks, “the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry announced today, adding that it had destroyed one T-72 tank and three Armenian BM-21 Grad jet artillery complexes.

Yerevan denied the information and accused Baku of violating the ceasefire agreement. “The Azerbaijani army is shelling violently on the southern front. The enemy has suffered heavy losses in life and military equipment,” said Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stepanyan.

The pro-Armenian government in the Nagorno-Karabakh region claimed to have inflicted heavy damage on the Azerbaijani forces, adding that military operations were still ongoing in the Hadrut region. The AFP correspondent in the Azerbaijan town of Barda and the capital city Stepanakert of the Nagorno-Karabakh region heard many firecrackers coming from the direction of Hadrut town.

The ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region took effect from 12am on 10 October (15:00 Hanoi). The agreement reached after 11-hour negotiations between the two countries’ foreign ministers in Moscow was mediated by the Russian Foreign Ministry. However, the two sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire just minutes after the timing was executed.

The Nagorno-Karabakh area.

The Nagorno-Karabakh area. Graphics: SETA.

Nagorno-Karabakh is the southwestern province of Azerbaijan, but most of its population is Armenians, always seeking to secede from Azerbaijan to merge with Armenia. Much of the Nagorno-Karabakh region is now controlled by pro-Armenian separatists.

The dispute for control of Nagorno-Karabakh broke out into a six-year war between Azerbaijan and Armenia from February 1988 to May 1994. Despite the 1994 truce and many subsequent peace negotiations, conflict still raged here sporadically.

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding area that broke out on September 27 was one of the most serious conflicts in many years. The fighting lasted for many days, killing more than 400 soldiers and civilians on both sides.

Vu Anh (Follow AFP)

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