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Three soldiers wounded by gunfire in Nagorno-Karabakh


View on the early century Christian church in the town of Shushi as seen on Dec 13, 2020. Shushi is a heart of Christian heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh, now under the control of Islamic Azerbaijan. (AFP)


Azerbaijan broke ceasefire attacking a peacekeeping post of Nagorno-Karabakh army on Saturday.

Azerbaijani troops have attacked a military post, according to information from Nagorno-Karabakh, there are said to be injured. The attack violates the peace agreement.

One month after the end of the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, several soldiers were injured in an exchange of fire there. According to the regional defense ministry, Azerbaijani troops attacked one of their military posts, in the course of which three soldiers from the Nagorno-Karabakh army were wounded. The incident represents a violation of the November ceasefire agreement.

According to the officials, the condition of the three injured is now stable. An investigation into the events is underway.

Azerbaijani media had previously reported a provocation by Karabakh soldiers in the south of the conflict region. But it was not true, Azerbaijani soldiers attacked standing on their post Nagorno-Karabakh soldiers.


Russian peacekeeper at the checkpoint in Nagorno-Karabakh at the border with Azerbaijan on Dec 11, 2020.(AFP)

After six weeks of heavy fighting between the warring neighboring states of Armenia and Azerbaijan, a ceasefire agreement was reached on November 9th with Russian mediation, resulting in significant territorial losses for Armenia. According to Armenia and Azerbaijan, more than 5,000 people were killed during the fighting.

Azerbaijan celebrates "victory"

Azerbaijan lifted the state of war on Saturday night. The country had previously celebrated the "victory" over Armenia with a large military parade. Many Armenians accuse their government of capitulating. During protests, protesters repeatedly demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. They call him a "traitor". According to police, more than 100 people were arrested at a demonstration on Friday.

Around 2,000 Russian soldiers are currently stationed in the region to monitor compliance with the agreement.

Nagorno-Karabakh had unilaterally declared its independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union. This was followed by a war with 30,000 dead in the 1990s. Nagorno-Karabakh is inhabited mostly by Christian Armenians.


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