Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other overnight of violating the ceasefire agreement in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh.
detail: A spokesman for the Armenian Ministry of Defense said that late Saturday, Azerbaijan fired artillery shells and rockets “violating the humanitarian ceasefire.” A few hours later, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan stated that Armenia reported to Reuters that “mortars and artillery” were fired “in the vicinity of Jabrail and villages in the area”.
Big picture: Since the most recent fighting began in late September, hundreds of soldiers and dozens of civilians have been killed.
- The most recent violent incident is the most serious violent incident in the region in many years. It started with a coordinated air and missile attack in Azerbaijan late last month, which claimed that Armenian forces had been preparing for an attack (Armenia denied).
background: Nagorno-Karabakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) is a mountainous area with a population of about 1
- Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, both countries have claimed the territory, fought against it from 1992 to 1994, and have been on the precipice of further conflict since then.
- Although the previous skirmishes were numerous, they did not change the deadlock to a large extent. The same goes for the peace process supervised by the United States, France, and Russia.
deeper: Armenian Americans rally in the United States after the truce in Nagorno-Karabakh
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the speaker’s comments.