Armenia-Azerbaijan War updates
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been adversaries for a long time. It has been reported that there has been an altercation between the soldiers of both countries at the border. It has been advised about 100 soldiers have been killed in the clashes. Armenia has advised that at least 49 of their soldiers are killed whereas Azerbaijan has reported they have lost 50 men from their side. According to Armenia’s Defence Ministry, the fighting erupted some minutes after midnight when the Azerbaijani forces started unleashing an artillery barrage and executed some drone attacks in many areas of the Armenian territory. They also said shelling becomes less during the course of the day. Azerbaijani troops were looking to advance into Armenian territory.
Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry on the other hand advised that it was basically responding to a large-scale provocation from Armenia’s side on Monday late evening and early Tuesday morning. They advised that Armenian troops had planted mines and also fired on Azerbaijani military positions.
These two neighboring countries have been engaged in a decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh is a part of Azerbaijan but it has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces. These forces are backed by Armenia since the end of the separatist war in 1994.
Azerbaijan had reclaimed large portions of Nagorno- Karabakh in a war that lasted for six weeks in 2020. The war led to 6,600 people’s deaths and ended only when Russia brokered a peace deal between both nations. Moscow had deployed approx. 2,000 troops in that region to basically serve as peacekeepers under the deal.
Russia is itself engaged in war with Ukraine for over some months now. Russia’s foreign ministry had urged both countries to refrain from any further escalation of violence and had urged both them to show restraint. Moscow is trying to engage in balancing acts between both nations to maintain friendly ties with both of them.
Russia has strong security and economic ties with Armenia which also hosts a Russian military base. They have also been developing good bonding with the oil-rich Azerbaijan over a period of time. The UN Secretary-General has also urged both nations to take necessary measures to avoid any further escalation of the issue.
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