is a “flare-up” equivalent to war? dunno

Fighting in Karabakh
Colonel Cassad, Sep 27 2020

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan states that by lunchtime several border villages and significant heights on the border with Karabakh were occupied. The Armenian Defense Ministry and the Karabakh military call it disinformation. Azerbaijan has not yet provided any photo or video evidence of its success. I think by the evening there should be clarity about the real advancement of the Azerbaijani army. But in fact, the very formulation of the question of the seizure of Karabakh villages clearly indicates that this is a prepared offensive operation of the Azerbaijani armed forces. The stories about the “counteroffensive” look like ordinary disinformation to provide a pretext for the planned offensive, which has been prepared in recent weeks with the help of Turkey. Erdogan called for the overthrow of the Pashinyan government and world support for Azerbaijan. He called the events “another attack on Azerbaijan by Armenia,” reaffirmed that Armenia is a big obstacle on the way to peace and stability. He said:

I call on the Armenian people to become the master of their future against the government pulling them into the abyss of calamities and those who use them as puppets. At the same time, I call on the whole world to support Azerbaijan, which is fighting oppression and injustice.

Russia continues to insist on a ceasefire and negotiations. Lavrov has already held talks with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, where he insisted on the need to stop what is happening as soon as possible. The OSCE also called on both sides to stop fighting. In Karabakh, a woman and a child were killed as a result of the morning hostilities. At 15-00, the Karabakh Defense Ministry announced that 4 helicopters, 15 UAVs and 10 armored vehicles were destroyed. Azerbaijan has posted a video with the strikes of the Turkish UAV “Bayraktar” on the positions of the Armenian military. Several pieces of equipment were destroyed. At the moment, the fighting continues. According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the Azerbaijani army uses almost all the weapons of destruction, except for the heaviest tactical missiles. So far, the main hostilities have been localized on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Fighting directly on the territory of Armenia or Nakhichevan can very quickly lead to the escalation of the conflict.

Azerbaijan Makes First Gains In Emerging War Against Armenia
South Front, Sep 27 2020

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces captured 6 villages in the areas of Fizuli and Jabrail in the contested Nagorno Karabakh region, near the border with Iran, according to a statement by the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry. The Azerbaijani side also claimed that its forces captured several strategic heights there. According to pro-Azerbaijani sources, the number of “liberated” villages is 7. Armenian sources as always deny any advances by Azerbaijan claiming that they have been successfully repelling attacks of the ‘enemy.’ If reports about the capture of Garakhanbeyli, Garvand, Kend Gyaryadiz villages in Fizuli area and Boyuk Marchanli and Ruzgar villages in Jabrayil area are confirmed, Azerbaijani forces made an important step in their wider goal to secure roads to Fizuli and Mindjevan. Meanwhile, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a telephone conversation with Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Garalov. According to him, Turkey is ready to support efforts to ensure the territorial integrity of brotherly Azerbaijan to the last, Akar said during the conversation. Turkey and Azerbaijan are long-time strategic partners and have strong ties in the military and security sector. Turkey regularly supports Azerbaijan on the international arena, including the conflict with Armenia. Just recently, the sides conducted joint military drills inside Azerbaijan, and according to pro-Armenian sources, at least a part of the Turkish equipment remained there. There are also reports about the deployment of Turkish proxy groups from Syria to Azerbaijan.

On the other hand, Armenia recently participated in the large-scale multi-national drills in Russia: Kavkaz 2020 (they ended on Sep 26). Therefore, the Russian military group permanently deployed in the Caucasus region is ready and mobilized. Thus, the development of the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region will mainly depend on the position of supporters of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Despite the pro-US attitude of the current political regime in Armenia, Russia still remains a close partner of the country and the main guarantor of its sovereignty. Therefore, if Moscow steps in and employ its influence, the threat of a full military defeat from the Azerbaijani-Turkish bloc that is currently pretty large will be removed. So, the situation will have all chances to de-escalate. On the other hand, the readiness of Turkey and Azerbaijan to develop the advance on the ground will depend on the scale of support to Armenia demonstrated by Russia. Nor Russia nor Turkey are interested in an open confrontation. Therefore, they will likely work to find a political solution to the current escalation and restore the ceasefire regime. In turn, the US, the new best friend of the Armenian regime, is the main side interested in the destabilization of the region and the provocation of Turkish-Russian tensions. In Jun 2018, SouthFront released a detailed anlaysis of the shifting balance of power in the South Caucasus and prospects of the possible Armenian-Azerbaijani war:

Armenian PM warns ‘aggressive’ Turkey to stay out of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says hostilities could spill over regional borders, Sep 27 2020

Yerevan has urged Turkey not to meddle in ongoing hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, warning that the conflict could spill out over regional borders. Ankara had earlier pledged “full support” to Azerbaijan. “Turkey’s aggressive behavior is a serious cause for concern,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a televised address to the nation on Sunday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously said Azerbaijan, which is involved in heavy border fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, “is not alone” in the confrontation. Such a stance “is fraught with catastrophic consequences for the South Caucasus and adjacent regions,” PM Pashinyan said. The international community should keep Turkey out of the conflict, he added, warning that the situation risked getting out of hand. The situation could have irreversible consequences, move beyond the borders of the region and threaten international peace and stability. Pashinyan also accused Baku of declaring “a war on the Armenian people” and blamed the triggering of the current hostilities on Azerbaijan. Turkey has repeatedly expressed support for its Azeri “brothers.” Erdogan minced no words on Sunday when he called Armenia “the biggest threat to peace and tranquility in the region.” He said the entire Turkish nation was ready to stand by Azerbaijan “with its entire means, as always.” He did not expand on what “means” could be made available to Azerbaijan. Lower-tier Turkish officials shared the sentiment. Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan broke out along the Nagorno-Karabakh border earlier today, involving artillery shelling, tank raids, and combat aircraft sorties. Both sides reported civilian casualties, and claimed they inflicted losses on one another. Armenia has declared martial law and a general conscription call, as did the Armenian-populated enclave. The renewed clashes prompted intense diplomatic activity to prevent the two arch-rivals from sliding into a full-blown confrontation. Moscow, a stakeholder within the Minsk Group, has already held telephone talks with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, urging an immediate ceasefire and a return to dialogue. Paris and EU institutions have issued similar messages.

Azerbaijani Army And Syrian Jihadis Launch Attack On Armenian Lines
Moon of Alabama, Sep 27 2020

During the last weeks there was news that Turkey was hiring some 2k ‘Syrian rebels’ to fight in Azerbaijan against Armenian forces which since 1993 occupy Nagorno- Karabakh. Earlier today the Azerbaijan forces and the mercenaries launched their attack on Armenian lines. It was a massacre. Two Azerbaijani helicopters were shot down. Some 10 tanks and armored troop transporters went up in flames. Azerbaijani artillery hit some civilian structures in Stepankert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkish(?) drones hit Armenia front positions. The Azerbaijani tactic seems to be to bunch up a lot of their tanks in the open field and to wait for the Armenian artillery to destroy them. Russian troops are stationed in Armenia and additional heavy support from Russia was flown in today. But Russia is friendly with both countries and is already urging for an armistice. Armenia has mobilized its forces and reinforcements are moving towards the front. This is now, after Syrian and Libya, the third country in which the wannabe Sultan of Turkey is trying to fight Russian supported forces. It ain’t gonna work. But Erdogan has to keep on doing that as a domestic diversion because the Turkish economy has screeched to a halt. The recent central bank rate hike is unlikely to stop the loss of the Lira but will deepen the recession. The situation might well escalated from here on. There will be a lot of disinformation coming from both sides.

Armenia Imposes Martial Law, Declares Mass Mobilization Amid Full-Scale Clashes With Azerbaijan
South Front, Sep 27 2020

The Armenian government has imposed a martial law and declared a mass mobilization amid large-scale clashes with Azerbaijan in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region. Hostilities between the sides broke out early on Sep 27. According to the Armenian government, Azerbaijan launched “an offensive” against the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as the Republic of Artsakh).

HINT: The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority established on the basis of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast of the Azerbaijan SSR as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh War (Feb 1988 – May 1994). This territory is de facto controlled by Armenia, while Azerbaijan still seeks to restore control over the region. While clashes have been ongoing, Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan claimed that Nagorno-Karabakh forces “have successfully repelled the attack” and the situation is under control.

Burning equipment of Azerbaijani forces:

The Armenian government and media say that the escalation started with a massive artillery strike by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on settlements in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, including its capital Stepanakert (the population is about 55k).

The situation in Stepanakert:

The republic’s authorities alredy confirmed that at least 10 of its troops were killed. The Armenian side also reported multiple civilian casualties as a result of actions of Azerbaijan. The town of Varedins, inside Armenia, also came under Azerbaijani strikes, according to the Armenian Defense Ministry. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said the military launched “a counter-offensive operation along the entire front” to protect civilians and contain Armenian forces that allegedly violated ceasefire. The operation involves infantry and armored units supported by the air force. The Turkish Foreign Ministry already declared its full support to Azerbaijan, accused Armenia of violating the international law. Hami Aksoy, a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, said:

Ankara strongly and fully supports Baku’s position. Turkey will provide assistance to Azerbaijan in the form that the Azerbaijani side needs.

Meanwhile, the US, which under the pro-US government of Pashinyan allegedly became Armenia’s ‘strategic partner,’ is not hurrying up to declare its support to Armenia and propose it any diplomatic or military support. Instead, Russia as always remains the only power that can save the ‘democratic government’ of Erevan from the expected military defeat in an open conflict against the Azerbaijani-Turkish bloc.

UPDATE: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation during a phone call with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. According to the Russian side, Lavrov expressed serious concern about the ongoing hostilities and reports of the killed and wounded, and emphasized the need to restore the ceasefire.

Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military equipment:

Both sides are now actively deploying military equipment and troops to the frontline claiming that they are delivering painful strikes to the enemy. Armenians claim that Azerbaijan lost at least 3 battle tanks, 6 trucks and armoured vehicles and a Mi-35 helicopter. At the same time, Azerbaijani sources claim that Azerbaijani forces destroyed at least 5 battle tanks, up to 10 air defense systems (Soviet Osa systems), 3 armoured vehicles, and struck multiple Armenian artillery positions and military HQs. All these claims are yet to be confirmed. Just a few days ago, reports appeared that Turkey was redeploying members of Turkish-backed Syrian militant groups from Syria to Azerbaijan. These militants, if they are really deployed, will likely participate in the Azerbaijani attack on Armenian forces. The region is once again balancing on the brink of a new full-scale war.

Hostilities break out between Armenia & Azerbaijan over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, both countries trade blame, Sep 27 2020

Azerbaijan launched “an offensive” against Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian PM said amid reports of Azeri aircraft being shot down. Baku insists it is taking “retaliatory measures” in the disputed Armenian-populated region. Hostilities resumed along the Nagorno-Karabakh border earlier on Sunday, with top officials in both Armenia and Azerbaijan confirming the news. Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, told his Facebook audience, referring to the Armenian name for the territory claimed by Azerbaijan:

The enemy has started an attack on Artsakh. Artsakh’s forces successfully repel the attack.

The situation is under control, he said. Separately, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said the military has launched “a counter-offensive operation along the entire front” in a bid to safeguard civilians and contain Armenian forces. The counter-attack involves infantry and armored units supported by the air force, Baku says. As the crisis unfolded, top officials in Baku reported Armenian forces have been shelling Azerbaijani Army positions and populated areas, a claim Yerevan is yet to confirm. Leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh said Stepanakert, the region’s largest city of over 55k people, has also been hit by Azerbaijani artillery. A spox for Nagorno-Karabakh president wrote on Facebook:

We urge the population to remain calm and take cover.

Later on Sunday, Nagorno-Karabakh President Arayik Harutyunyan declared martial law and announced a general conscription call for all males over the age of 18. He said:

We’re not a party of the war, but we are ready for war.

Baku, meanwhile, received words of support from Turkey, which views Azerbaijan as a culturally close nation. Ibrahim Kalin, the Turkish presidential spox, tweeted:

Azerbaijan is not alone. We wish God’s mercy to our brothers who lost their lives in the attacks.

There were conflicting casualty reports from both sides later in the day. Azerbaijan’s military confirmed that a combat helicopter was shot down but that its crew survived, adding there have been an unspecified number of victims among civilians. It also claimed 12 Armenian air defense systems were hit and destroyed. Meanwhile, the Armenian Army insisted the Azerbaijani losses were much higher, amounting to two helicopters, three tanks and three drones. Shushan Stepanyan, the spox for the Armenian Defense Ministry, stated:

The enemy sustained casualties in manpower.

The Armenian Defense Ministry has circulated a video purportedly showing an Azerbaijani tank being hit by an armor-piercing projectile. The vehicle stops moving and is seen emitting large clouds of black smoke in the footage, which could not immediately be verified. Nevertheless, Azerbaijan has rebuked those reports. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been sworn enemies since gaining independence in the 1990s. The focus of their conflict is Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian region landlocked inside Azeri territory, which Baku considers to be under its sovereignty and Yerevan treats as an independent friendly nation. Armenian militias in Nagorno-Karabakh fought a successful six-year guerrilla war against Azerbaijan. The latest major flare-up between Armenia and Azerbaijan happened in Apr 2016, when the nations fought for four days and deployed heavy weapons, including tanks and aircraft. The battles claimed the lives of over 90 troops on each side and killed over a dozen civilians.

Martial Law, Mobilisation Declared in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh Amid New Tensions
Sputnik News, Sep 27 2020

YEREVAN – Spokesperson of the president of the unrecognized breakaway Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), Vahram Poghosyan, says the city of Stepanakert has been shelled. Clashes broke out in the region in the early hours of the morning, and Poghosyan published on his Facebook page a statement attributed to the breakaway republic’s president. “Based on the current situation, an extraordinary meeting of the National Assembly was convened. After speaking to lawmakers, I announce that I have declared martial law and a full-scale mobilization of persons older than 18 years,” the statement read. Earlier, spokesperson of the president of the unrecognized breakaway Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), Vahram Poghosyan, says the city of Stepanakert has been shelled. “Civilian settlements, including the capital, Stepanakert, were also subjected to artillery fire,” Poghosyan said on Facebook on Sunday, adding that the response will be “proportionate.” Earlier in the day, a spokesperson of Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said that Armenia’s armed forces opened fire at settlements along the line of military confrontation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the early hours of Sunday. According to the spokesperson, at least six settlements came under attack and there are dead and wounded among the local population. The defenсe ministry’s spokesperson said that civilian infrastructure was seriously damaged and that information on casualties and wounded among the civilian population and the military was being verified. According to the spokesperson, the Azerbaijani army is taking “retaliatory measures.” Azerbaijan and Armenia have clashed over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region since the early 1990s. The latest armed clashes broke out in July, with both sides reporting casualties.

Lavrov, Cavusoglu Emphasize Need to Stabilize Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh – Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, during telephone talks on Sunday, have emphasized the need to defuse the ongoing tensions in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. During their conversation, which took place on Sunday, both foreign ministers exchanged views on the escalation of tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh after clashes broke out between the armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan overnight. “The need for an early ceasefire and a stabilization of the situation on the line of contact was emphasized. Condolences were expressed to the relatives and friends of victims,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement read.

Lavrov Expresses Concern Over Nagorno-Karabakh Clashes in Talks With Armenian Counterpart

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in a telephone conversation with his Armenian counterpart, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on Sunday, emphasized the need for an immediate ceasefire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “On September 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a telephone conversation with Armenian Foreign Minister Mnatsakanyan. The situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone was discussed. Lavrov expressed serious concern about the ongoing large-scale hostilities on the line of contact, information about the killed and injured. The need for an early ceasefire was emphasized,” a Foreign Ministry statement read. Lavrov went on to say that Russia would continue mediation efforts to stabilize the situation in its capacity as a member of the Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. “It was noted that Russia, together with other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, will continue to undertake mediation efforts aimed at stabilizing the situation,” the ministry added. The Foreign Ministry added that Lavrov was set to speak with his Azerbaijani counterpart shortly.

Council of Europe General Secretary Calls for Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

The general secretary of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejcinovic-Buric, has called for all parties in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to bring the renewed hostilities to an immediate end, according to a statement published on Sunday. “I am gravely concerned about reports of military escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I call on our Member States Armenia and Azerbaijan to show responsibility and restraint by immediately stopping hostilities,” Pejcinovic-Buric said. The Council of Europe is urging Azerbaijan and Armenia to protect human lives and work to defuse the ongoing tensions, the general secretary said, adding that the council will also continue to support the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group. “In this respect, we reiterate our support for the OSCE Minsk group Co-chairs in their work to help our Member States find a peaceful solution to this conflict.” Pejcinovic-Buric added. The OSCE Minsk Group, led by Russia, the US and France, has spearheaded efforts to bring peace to the disputed region since 1992.

Azerbaijan Has No Need to Mobilize as Army Adequately Staffed, State Service for Mobilization and Conscription Says

Azerbaijan sees no reason to call for a full-scale mobilization as the country’s army is adequately staffed, the State Service for Mobilization and Conscription said on Sunday amid rising tensions in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Earlier in the day, the Armenian cabinet and the unrecognized breakaway Republic of Artsakh, also known as the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, took the decision to declare martial law and a full-scale mobilization as a result of the latest clashes in the disputed region. “If necessary, reservists can be called to the local branches of the service, in accordance with current legislation and measures adopted to ensure the country’s defense and national security. However, at the present time, there is no need for this,” the service said in a statement, adding that the armed forces are currently adequately staffed. Large numbers of Azerbaijani citizens have come forward to volunteer their services following the outbreak of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, the State Service for Mobilization and Conscription added. “In connection with the provocations of the Armenian armed forces, the civil service, and its local branches and sub-divisions, continue to receive numerous appeals from our citizens who wish to volunteer to fight on the frontline and provide all possible assistance,” the service said.

Turkish, Russian Foreign Ministers Discuss Escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Turkish and Russian foreign ministers, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Sergey Lavrov, respectively, have discussed by phone the unfolding situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. “Our minister spoke on the phone with his Russian colleague, Sergey Lavrov, about Armenian aggression,” the diplomatic source said.

Lavrov Expresses Serious Concern Over Clashes Along Line of Contact In Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is working intensively to encourage all parties to Nagorno-Karabakh to cease firing immediately after violent clashes broke out overnight, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Sunday. “After the escalation of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Lavrov is working intensively to encourage all parties to cease firing and begin negotiations to stabilize the situation,” Zakharova remarked.

Armenian Embassy in Russia Denies Its Defenсe Minister to Visit Moscow Sunday

The Armenian embassy in Moscow denied reports that the country’s defense minister is set to visit Russia amid a return to hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, an adviser to the diplomatic mission, Edvard Djambazian said. “We do not confirm this information, the embassy has denied it,” Djambazian said. Earlier in the day, several Telegram channels circulated reports that Armenia’s Defence Minister David Tonoyan may visit Moscow later on Sunday amid a military escalation in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

France Concerned About New Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, Calls for Cessation of Hostilities

“France is extremely concerned by the confrontation,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes bon der Muhll said in a statement.

Armenian Government Declares Martial Law, Full Mobilisation Amid Escalation of Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

The Armenian cabinet has declared martial law and a full mobilization of citizens as a result of the escalating tensions in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Sunday.

CSTO Calls to Resolve Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh Only by Peaceful Means

The ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh should be resolved through peaceful negotiations, the spokesman of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Vladimir Zainetdinov told Sputnik on Sunday. “We believe that this conflict should only be resolved peacefully. For this, there is an existing internationally-recognized mechanism, the OSCE Minsk Group, which is already engaged in finding a settlement to the conflict,” Zainetdinov remarked.

The CSTO spokesman also stated that all parties involved in the conflict should cease firing immediately in order to allow for peaceful negotiations to take place. Armenia is a member state of the CSTO, although Zainetdinov said that Yerevan has yet to contact the organization for assistance. “At the moment, there is no information that Armenia has appealed to the [CSTO] Secretariat for assistance,” he commented. At this stage, the CSTO stands ready to support all efforts to find a peaceful solution to the hostilities, Zainetdinov stated, although the spokesman underlined that the Minsk Group has the primary role in bringing the conflicting parties together. The OSCE Minsk Group, led by Russia, the United States, and France, has spearheaded efforts to find a peaceful effort to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1992.

Azerbaijani President Aliyev Says Armenian Military Shelling Has Caused Civilian, Military Casualties During Flare-Up in Nagorno-Karabakh

“On Sunday morning, the Armenian armed forces began shelling Azerbaijani military positions and settlements along the line of contact. Moreover, the shelling was carried out using various weapons, including large-caliber ones. This is another military provocation by Armenia. As a result of the Armenian military shelling, there are losses among Azerbaijan’s military and civilian population,” Aliyev said during an address that was televised by the state-run AzTV broadcaster.

Russian Foreign Ministry Calls on Conflicting Sides in Nagorno-Karabakh to Immediately Cease Fire, Begin Negotiations to Stabilize Situation

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday has called on all parties in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh to hold fire immediately and begin negotiations amid the latest flare-up of tensions.

Head of Nagorno-Karabakh Declares Martial Law Amid Latest Clashes in Region

The leader of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan introduced martial law and announced a general mobilisation, his press secretary said. He posted on his Facebook page Harutyunyan’s statement, which says: “Based on the current situation, an extraordinary meeting of the National Assembly has been convened. Speaking to the deputies, I announced that I have declared martial law and general mobilization of persons over 18 years old.”

Both Sides in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Should Hold Fire, Negotiate, Russian Lawmaker Says

The armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan should hold their fire and come to the negotiating table amid the latest flare-up in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy head of the Russian upper house’s international affairs committee, said on Sunday. “It is necessary to move everything to the negotiating table. All firing must be stopped,” Dzhabarov stated. “No conflict should be resolved on the battlefield,” Dzhabarov remarked.

Armenian Prime Minister Says Azerbaijan Launched Attack in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

The prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, has said on Sunday that the Azerbaijani armed forces have launched an offensive in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. “Azerbaijan has launched a missile & aerial attack against #Artsakh [also known as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic]. Peaceful settlements including #Stepanakert have been attacked. Armenian side has shot down 2 helicopters & 3 UAVs, destroyed 3 tanks. We stay strong next to our army to protect our motherland from Azeri invasion,” Pashinyan wrote on Twitter. The country’s Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement, condemning what it called Baku’s aggression in the region. “We strongly condemn the aggression of the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh. The Armenian sides will act confidently with all their capacities to ensure the security of the people of Artsakh and to deliver appropriate military and political response. The military political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the consequences of their aggression,” the Foreign Ministry said. Azerbaijan and Armenia have clashed over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. On Monday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported that one member of the armed forces was killed as a result of a shelling incident along the border with Armenia. Both sides also suffered casualties this past July when their armed forces clashed along the contact line between Armenia’s Tavush province and the Azerbaijani region of Tovuz.

Armenian Foreign Minister Remains in Constant Contact With OSCE Minsk Group

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan remains in constant contact with representatives from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group amid the latest flare-up in tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Sunday. “Armenian Foreign Minister is in constant touch with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship,” Anna Naghdalyan wrote on Facebook.

Azerbaijani Air Forces Helicopter Crashes in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

A helicopter of the Azerbaijani Air Forces has crashed in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh amid the latest flare-up in tensions in the region, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defenсe said on Sunday, adding that the crew members survived the crash. “A combat helicopter of the Azerbaijani Air Forces was shot down in the region of Terter. The crew members are alive,” the Ministry of Defenсe said. The Azerbaijani military is currently launching a counter-offensive in the region, after clashes broke out in the early hours of the morning, the ministry stated. “In order to suppress the military activity of the Armenian armed forces and to ensure the safety of the civilian population, Azerbaijani Army commanders have decided to launch a counter-offensive along the entire front,” the ministry added. As many as twelve Armenian Osa air-defenсe units have been destroyed during the latest clashes, Baku stated. During a period of intense fighting between 1992 and 1994, Azerbaijan lost control of the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which had first announced its secession from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1988. The OSCE Minsk Group, led by Russia, the United States, and France, has spearheaded efforts to find a peaceful effort to the conflict since 1992.

Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh Urge Civilians to Take Shelter Amid Shelling Attacks

The authorities in the unrecognized breakaway Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) on Sunday have asked civilians to take shelter amid the latest flare-up in tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the disputed area.

“We call on the civilian population to take refuge in shelters, not to go out into the streets while the enemy continues to shell peaceful settlements,” the Republic of Artsakh’s presidential spokesman Vahram Poghosyan wrote on Facebook.

Armenia’s Defence Ministry Says Two Azerbaijani Helicopters, Three Drones Downed

The Armenian military has downed two Azerbaijani helicopters and three drones in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, spokeswoman of the Armenian Defence Ministry Shushan Stepanyan said. “[The unrecognized breakaway republic of] Artsakh [also known as Nagorno-Karabakh Republic] has come under air and rocket attacks … the Armenian side downed two helicopters and three unmanned aerial vehicles of the enemy. The confrontation continues,” Stepanyan wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

Azerbaijan Taking ‘Retaliatory Measures’ in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Azerbaijan’s Defenсe Ministry says “retaliatory measures” are being taken in response to the military activity of Armenian armed forces along the line of confrontation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Spox of the Armenian Defenсe Ministry Shushan Stepanyan said on Facebook on Sunday that the Armenian military had downed two Azerbaijani helicopters and three drones in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. “The Azerbaijani Army is currently taking retaliatory measures and our troops are in full control of the operational situation. The media and the public will be additionally informed about the events taking place in the front-line zone. We urge users of social networks, electronic media and other media representatives not to use unofficial, unverified and biased information in order to prevent panic among the population and ensure the safety of our military personnel,” a spokesperson of Azerbaijan’s Defenсe Ministry said. Earlier on Sunday, spokesperson of the president of the unrecognized breakaway Republic of Artsakh, Vahram Poghosyan, said on Facebook that the city of Stepanakert had been shelled, adding that the response would be “proportionate.” A spox of Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said on Sunday that Armenia’s armed forces opened fire at settlements along the line of military confrontation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region at around 06:00 [02:00 GMT] on Sunday. According to the spokesperson, at least six settlements came under attack and there are dead and wounded among the local population. The defence ministry’s spox said that civilian infrastructure was seriously damaged and that information on casualties and wounded among the civilian population and the military was being verified.

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