Baku reports the downing of an Armenian Su-25 in Nagorno Karabakh but Yerevan denies it

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BAKU, YREVAN (Sputnik) – The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported the downing of a Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet of the Armenian Air Force in Nagorno Karabakh, but Yerevan denied that information.

“At 12:30 on October 18 [GMT+4], Azerbaijan’s air defense units shot down another Su-25 attack aircraft of the Armenian Armed Forces, “the military entity in Baku said.

The plane was allegedly shot down while trying to bomb the Azeri Army positions in the Jabrail area in the south.

According to the spokeswoman for the Armenian Defense Ministry, Shushan Stepanián, “this information does not correspond to reality.”

On September 27 they exploded again the armed clashes in Nagorno Karabakh, the focus of conflict between Yerevan and Baku since that territory, with a majority Armenian population, decided to separate in 1988 from the then Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

The hostilities, in which the warring parties used armor, artillery, aviation and missile systems for the first time since the 1992-1994 war, caused hundreds of military casualties and dozens of civilian casualties.

From 00:00 on October 18 (GMT + 4) a new humanitarian truce entered into force in Nagorno Karabakh, the second in this spiral of hostilities in the area so far. As on the first occasion, on October 10, the parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the armistice.

Yerevan maintains that the enemy launched an offensive in the southern sector on October 18, near the border with Iran; For its part, Baku denounced Armenian attacks in the areas of Agdara, Fuzuli, Hadrut and Jabrail.

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