YEREVAN (Sputnik) — Defense Ministry of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Saturday said that two of its army servicemen were killed in shelling from the Azerbaijani side the night before.
"As a result of shelling by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, late on April 29, Karabakh Defense Army servicemen Garik Movsisyan, born in 1997, and Vazgen Harutyunyan, born in 1968, were deadly wounded," the ministry’s press service said in a statement.
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 move triggered a war that lasted until a Russia-brokered ceasefire was signed in 1994.
Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, while Armenia is defending the interests of the self-proclaimed NKR, which has not been part of the peace talks conducted since 1992.