Fights on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The main thing

Armenia and Azerbaijan reported mutual shelling. There are wounded and dead.

The main thing at 20:55:

  • The Ministry of Defense of Armenia announced that the fighting in the conflict zone had been stopped with the mediation of the Russian side.
  • Yerevan reports one dead and 12 captured.

Where and how the fighting went

  • Around noon on November 16, a skirmish began on the eastern borders of Armenia in the area of ​​Mount Tsitsernakar, which quickly escalated into full-fledged hostilities with armored vehicles and artillery. Active battles have been going on for several hours and along the entire length of the southeastern border of Armenia. This is the most serious incident since the end of the 44-day war last November.
  • After the start of the fighting, both sides almost immediately declared losses from each other. “ As of 16:00 (15:00 Moscow time), the situation on the eastern border of Armenia continues to be extremely tense & lt; … & gt; the Armenian side has losses and wounded, information about which is being specified, it is known about the loss of two combat positions '', & mdash; said in a statement by the press service of the Armenian military department.
  • About 15 servicemen were killed as a result of battles with the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in the east of the republic, said the head of the standing commission of the Armenian parliament on foreign relations Eduard Aghajanyan, adding that he confirmed this information. does not yet.
  • The Armenian Defense Ministry also reported that 12 Armenian soldiers were captured & mdash; seven contract soldiers and five conscripts.
  • Three hours after the start of the fighting, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced that panic reigns among the personnel of the Armenian army, and the Azerbaijani army is conducting a counteroffensive.
  • Explosions and gunfire were also heard a few kilometers from the battle zone & mdash; from Goris, one of the largest cities in the Syunik region of Armenia.

What the parties said

  • Because of the shootout on the border with Azerbaijan, Yerevan appealed to Moscow with an appeal to defend the sovereign territory of Armenia in accordance with a bilateral agreement of 1997, said the secretary of the country's Security Council Armen Grigoryan. While this is an oral statement, it will be followed by a formal written appeal, he added. “ Since the attack was on the sovereign territory of Armenia, we appeal to Russia within the framework of the agreement between the two countries of 1997 with a call to protect the territorial integrity of Armenia, in the logic of the implementation of mutual obligations, '' & mdash; said Grigoryan.
  • According to Grigoryan, “ if we cannot resolve the crisis with existing structures, Armenia will have to turn to other structures, that is, other international partners. ''
  • Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on compatriots to be ready to “ protect Holy Motherland. ''OSCE Chairperson, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde called on Yerevan and Baku to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation at the border.

What caused it

  • On this stretch of the border & mdash; Syunik region of Armenia and Kelbajar region of Azerbaijan & mdash; skirmishes have been going on for half a year. Constant tension here is caused by the fact that the Kelbajar region, which was previously controlled by the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), after the war last year passed to Azerbaijan and where there was actually an administrative border between Armenia and NKR, an interstate border of two warring countries arose.
  • The first serious incident happened here on May 12 last year & mdash; then the Azerbaijani military entered the Black Lake region (Arm. Sev lich). Yerevan called the incident 'an encroachment on the sovereign territory of Armenia' and turned to both Moscow and the CSTO for help.
  • Just before the start of the fighting, the sides accused each other of provocations. The day before the start of the conflict, Nikol Pashinyan at a meeting of the Security Council described Azerbaijan's actions as an invasion and initiated the resignation of Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan in this regard. In his place was appointed Deputy Prime Minister Suren Papikyan, who heads the ruling Civil Contract party.
  • Baku has been insisting since May that it is impossible to say exactly where the new border between the two countries lies until it has been delimited and demarcated, and for more than six months it has refused to withdraw its troops from the region.

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