MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Armenian Armed Forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact in the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic 100 times in the past 24 hours, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry’s press service said Tuesday.
“Despite the earlier reached agreement on a ceasefire along the line of contact in Karabakh, the Armenian side violated the regime along the entire line of contact 100 times over the last 24 hours,” the press service said.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said it returned fire 101 times against Armenian positions.
On April 5, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a bilateral ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, which came into force at noon on the same day.
Azerbaijan does not recognize the ethnically Armenian self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) and considers the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army to be a part of the Armed Forces of Armenia.
On April 2, Armenia and Azerbaijan declared a dramatic escalation of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Baku and Yerevan traded blame for breaching the truce in the conflict and reported heavy fighting in the area.
On Sunday, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic's Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti that the Azerbaijani forces had violated the ceasefire in the breakaway region, adding that the Nagorno-Karabakh forces "mostly refrained from response actions."