YEREVAN (Sputnik) – About 200 demonstrators marched in the center of the Armenian capital to the buildings of the Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy.
The violence in Azerbaijan’s breakaway region, mostly populated by Armenians, escalated early this month. Baku and Yerevan have accused each other of provoking hostilities. Azerbaijan and NKR agreed to a ceasefire on April 5, following days of clashes that led to numerous casualties on both sides.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in 1988, when the autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. The region proclaimed independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The sedition triggered a war that lasted until a Russia-brokered ceasefire was signed in 1994.