Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating the ceasefire
TBILISI (Reuters) – Armenia and Azerbaijan on Friday accused each other of opening fire overnight, breaking a fragile ceasefire deal that last week ended the worst fighting between the two sides since 2020.
In statements released Friday morning by the two defense ministries, Baku and Yerevan each accused the other side of firing first in fresh clashes along their shared border.
After two days of clashes that left nearly 200 soldiers dead early last week in the bloodiest confrontation between the two former Soviet republics since 2020, both sides have agreed on a Moscow-brokered ceasefire to end hostilities despite the situation at the border tense remained.
“At 7:40 am (3:40 GMT) on September 23, units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces again violated the ceasefire regime by firing from different positions at Armenian combat positions in the eastern area of the Armenian border – Azerbaijani,” the Armenian Defense Ministry announced on Friday in a Facebook post.
“Enemy fire was suppressed by counterattacks,” added Armenia, which has not reported any casualties.
Soon after, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry responded, claiming that Armenia opened fire first.
According to Baku, Armenian forces opened fire on three different areas of the shared border and “at times shelled the positions of Azerbaijani forces with mixed caliber small arms” over a nine-hour period from 11:45 p.m. (7:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.). ) GMT) Thursday evening.
In a statement published on the Telegram messaging app, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry also said it had taken “appropriate retaliatory measures”.
(Report Jake Cordell; French version Alizée Degorce, edited by Kate Entringer)
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