Baku and Yerevan confirm reports of “clashes,” shattering the fragile Nagorno Karabakh truce
Explosions attributed to artillery and drones were reported by residents of Vardenis, Jermuk, Goris, and Tatev – cities within Armenia proper – shortly after midnight on Tuesday. Armenia has blamed neighboring Azerbaijan for the attack.
Shots are being fired “along the entire line of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” and the government in Yerevan has called an urgent meeting, according to local media.
The Armenian Defense Ministry said the army of Azerbaijan has used heavy artillery and drones are being used. A Turkish-made Bayraktar drone was allegedly shot down over Vardenis, which is in northern Armenia and not adjacent to the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh.
The government of Azerbaijan said Armenia “began widespread provocations” against the Azeri armed forces, which responded with “intensive fire” on Armenian positions. The defense ministry in Baku said there were casualties on the Azeri side.
Tuesday morning’s clashes are a major escalation of tensions between the two Caucasus countries. Azerbaijan attacked Nagorno-Karabakh in early August after accusing Armenia of violating the 2020 ceasefire and demanding the full “demilitarization” of the area inhabited by ethnic Armenians – and prompting condemnation from Russia, which is a guarantor of the truce.
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