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    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)
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    Clashes in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh have killed 12 service personnel of Azerbaijan’s armed forces, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman Vagif Dargakhly told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

    BAKU (Sputnik) — Tensions between neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Armenian-held area flared after both nations accused each other of starting the fighting in violation of the 1994 ceasefire.

    Armenian artillery fire reportedly downed an Azeri Mi-24 helicopter and destroyed a tank. No comment on casualties was immediately available from Armenian officials.

    Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous area in Azerbaijan that is populated by Armenians and currently controlled by the Armenian government. The conflict broke out in 1988 when the region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. In September 2015, the conflict escalated, with the sides blaming each other for violating the truce.

    The Armenian Defense Ministry published the photos of a downed Azerbaijani drone.

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