He stressed that, at this moment, the most important thing for Nagorno-Karabakh is to prevent further deaths, adding that the epidemiological situation at the contact line is critical because, according to Babayan, Azerbaijan does not remove the bodies of their dead.
Despite the fact that the two parties reached a truce agreement, which took effect from midnight (local time) on Sunday (18), Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shusan Stepanyan denounced that the Azerbaijan has launched an offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh, south of the contact line, near the border with Iran.
“Despite the announcement of the new humanitarian ceasefire, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan grossly violated the agreement again. At 7:20 am (0020 GMT), the opponent started an offensive using artillery in the south to occupy favorable positions. Both parties report casualties, “wrote the spokeswoman on her Facebook page.
The unrecognized republic’s emergency management agency stated that the Azerbaijan Armed Forces did not attack cities or towns on Sunday night (after the ceasefire was declared), and that the violations occurred on the contact line that divides the two. armies.
Church in Shushi destroyed after alleged bombing of Azerbaijan against Nagorno-Karabakh
“In the cities and towns of Nagorno-Karabakh the night was relatively quiet. In the northern and southern areas of the contact line, Azerbaijan has grossly violated the humanitarian ceasefire. However, population centers and civil infrastructure have not been bombed,” he reads. up in the statement.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s Ministry of Defense reported on Sunday that, in the previous 24 hours, 40 more soldiers had died. According to the casualty lists published by the ministry on October 17, the number of its military personnel killed since the beginning of the conflict in late September exceeds 620.
This Saturday (17), the Armenian Foreign Ministry reported that Yerevan and Baku had reached an agreement for a truce as of 00:00 on Sunday (18). The Azeri chancellery confirmed the information.
Armed clashes began in the region on September 27. Nagorno-Karabakh has been the focus of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the territory, of mostly Armenian population, decided to separate, in 1988, from the then Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijan.