Nagorno-Karabakh: Heavy fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia

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Almost 50 dead after Azerbaijani attacks

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been enemies for decades, and their conflict was mostly over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. But now they’re firing again, and the targets are all on Armenian territory.

Heavy fighting has broken out again between Azerbaijan and Armenia. (archive image)

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According to official information, at least 49 soldiers were killed on the Armenian side in new heavy fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus. There are still isolated attacks by Azerbaijan, said Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday in the capital Yerevan.

In the shadow of the Ukraine war, heavy fighting broke out between the two former Soviet republics during the night.

Yerevan said Azerbaijani troops had attacked Armenian positions in three places with artillery and large-caliber weapons. In Baku, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that a large-scale attempt at sabotage by Armenians had triggered the fighting.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at war with each other over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. However, according to Armenian information, this time it was not the exclave that was attacked, but positions in the heart of Armenia.

Pashinyan has already telephoned the President of the protecting power Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the President of the EU Council, Charles Michel. According to information from Yerevan, Armenia has officially appealed to the Russian-led military alliance “Collective Security Treaty Organization” (CSTO) for help. Turkey – an ally of Azerbaijan – in turn accused Armenia of “provocations”. Yerevan should focus on peace talks with Baku, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.

In 2020, Azerbaijan regained its territories

The former Soviet republics have been at war with each other over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. However, according to Armenian information, the exclave was not attacked this time, the attacks hit positions near the cities of Goris, Sotk and Dschermuk. These are on the territory of Armenia.

Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan but is inhabited by Armenians. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenian forces secured control of the area in a war from 1992 to 1994 and occupied large parts of Azerbaijan. In 2020, Azerbaijan regained its territories and seized strategically important points in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia, the protecting power of the Christian Armenians, is monitoring the ceasefire agreed four months later. Since then, the European Union has also made many efforts to resolve the conflict.

The Federal Foreign Office warned Germans in the region to be careful, and an expansion of the fighting could not be ruled out. Anyone in an area affected by hostilities should go to a safe place and wait there until it is safe to leave. It is Jermuk that is popular with foreign tourists, as there is a well-known mineral spa there. (dpa)