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    Armenia and the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh previously declared martial law and general mobilisation, while Azerbaijan declared partial martial law and partial mobilisation, closing its airports to all countries except Turkey.

    Both sides report continuing clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, with numerous photos and videos of the fighting from Monday and Sunday published on social media. Azerbaijan has claimed that Armenian forces lost 550 servicemen, while Armenia reported only several dozen casualties, adding that Baku had lost hundreds of soldiers.

    The UN Security Council plans to convene later in the day in order to address the clashes, according to media reports.

    Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy, proclaimed independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. A major conflict between Baku and Yerevan ravaged the area until 1994 when the sides agreed to start peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group. However, the ties between the two nations have remained tense due to the frozen conflict.

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    • 22:19

      UN Security Council Calls for Immediate End to Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh

      A damaged bus is pictured following a recent shelling, in Khodzhavend (Martuni), in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. On September 27 clashes erupted between Armenian and Azeri forces along the line of contact in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh

      UNSC Will Do Everything it Can to Ease Situation Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

      On Sunday, Yerevan and Baku accused each other of military provocations in the disputed breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan announced that the Armenian Armed Forces had shelled settlements on the contact line in the area. According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, Nagorno-Karabakh "was subjected to air and missile attacks."
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    • 21:26

      Karabakh Forces Destroyed 137 Azerbaijani Combat Vehicles - Yerevan

      The Nagorno-Karabakh armed forces have destroyed 137 Azerbaijani combat vehicles since the resumption of fighting in the disputed region, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan told reporters on Tuesday.

      "A total of 137 enemy tanks and combat vehicles were destroyed by different types of anti-tank and artillery weapons, 72 drones, seven helicopters and one aircraft were downed," Hovhannisyan said.

    • 21:02

      Nagorno-Karabakh Military Reports Destroying 17 Azerbaijani Tanks

      Defense forces of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic have destroyed throughout Tuesday a total of 37 Azerbaijani military vehicles, including 17 tanks, Deputy Commander Artur Sargsyan said.

      "During today's armed hostilities, the enemy lost 17 tanks, four armored vehicles, three units of military hardware and 13 drones," Sargsyan told a briefing broadcast on Facebook.

      According to the military, the Nagorno-Karabakh army has also gained back control over a number of positions along the contact line lost earlier.

    • 17:55

      US Mission to OSCE Urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to Cease Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh

      The US Mission to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in a statement on Tuesday urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to halt hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and engage in a dialogue to settle the conflict as soon as possible.

      "We call on the sides to stop fighting immediately and return to the negotiating table as soon as possible and without preconditions. United States Deputy Secretary of State Biegun has already reached out to the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to urge de-escalation, to use the existing direct communication links between them to prevent further escalation, and to refrain from unhelpful or inflammatory rhetoric and actions that further aggravate tensions on the ground", the statement reads.

      The mission also called on the parties to the conflict to ensure security measures in the region and respect international human rights. Moreover, it expressed confidence that "participation in the escalating violence by any external party would only exacerbate regional tensions".

    • 17:30

      Armenia-Russia Intergov'tal Commission Meeting Postponed for Technical Reasons, Ambassador Says

    • 17:10

      Armenian Prime Minister Says Turkey Involved in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

      Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday claimed Turkey's de facto involvement in the ongoing conflict in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

      "A very important detail, Turkey is essentially involved in this process", Pashinyan told Russia's Rossiya 1 TV channel.

      "According to our reliable information, [Turkish] military instructors and high-profile military personnel are currently at Azerbaijani command posts, and occasionally they are in charge of combat activities", the prime minister added.

      He described the developments in the region as a war involving a large number of troops.

    • 17:08

      Azerbaijani President Calls Nagorno-Karabakh Situation 'Tense', Baku's Response 'Adequate'

      Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Tuesday that Baku's response to what he called Yerevan's aggression was adequate, and described the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region as tense.

      "The situation at the front is tense", Aliyev told the Russian television channel Rossiya 1.

      According to the president, Azerbaijan has so far lost 11 civilians in the fighting, including two children, in addition to multiple military casualties.

      "We were forced to give an adequate response to the aggressor and thus protect our nation, our people and our land", Aliyev said.

    • 17:08

      Armenia Informed EEC of Readiness to Host Meeting of EAEU Heads of Government on 9 October

      "The Armenian side informed the commission about its readiness to hold the intergovernmental council on 9 October in Yerevan. They took it into account. I think the deputy prime ministers will discuss this issue at the council on Thursday", Iya Malkina, assistant to the EEC board chairman, said.

      Earlier, she said that plans to hold a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, in which the heads of government of the EAEU countries take part, in Armenia on 9 October amid the aggravation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh remain, but the format is being worked out.

    • 17:06

      Russia to Continue Mediation Efforts on Karabakh in OSCE Minsk Group, Envoy Says

      Russia, as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, will continue mediation efforts to find a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, Alexander Lukashevich, Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE, said on Tuesday.

      On Tuesday, the OSCE Permanent Council met for an emergency meeting over the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

      "Russia, as a member of the Minsk Group 'troika', in close cooperation with the United States and France, will continue mediation efforts to assist the parties in developing a mutually acceptable consensus basis for resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh problem", Lukashevich said at the meeting.

      "The effectiveness of the mediation assistance of the 'troika' of the Minsk Group co-chairs depends, first of all, on the parties to the conflict themselves, on their political will, which is needed to achieve a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the negotiating table. Attempts to question the role of the co-chairs enshrined in the decisions of the OSCE and the UN Security Council and their practices can only further complicate the complex settlement processes", the permanent representative added.

    • 17:05

      Armenian Defenсe Ministry Accuses Azerbaijan of Planning Air Strike on Railroad

      Armenian Defenсe Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan said on Tuesday that Azerbaijan was planning an airstrike on a railroad in the country's east but missed by a few hundred meters.

      During a stream on the official website of the Armenian Information Crisis Center earlier in the day, Hovhannisyan played a videotape showing a large crater made by an armed drone near the settlement of Norakert in the Gegharkunik region.

      "A railway passes near the settlement of Norakert, but they missed by about several hundred metres", Hovhannisyan said.

    • 15:55

      President Ilham Aliyev: Turkey Provides Azerbaijan Only With Moral Support

      Asked to comment on Armenia's accusations that Turkey supports Azerbaijan militarily in the current escalation, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev argued that Ankara's role in the region was merely of "stabilising" character, entailing no immediate involvement in the capacity of a conflict party.

      "Turkey provides us with moral support", he added, going on to thank the Turkish government for the "solidarity and support".

    • 15:54

      Armenia's Attacks on Populated Areas Are Violation of International Law, Turkish Politician Says

    • 15:11

      Hostilities Occurring Not Only in Karabakh, But Also in Other Areas of Armenia and Azerbaijan - Video

    • 14:51

      Azerbaijan Refutes Yerevan's Claim of Turkish Plane Downed Armenian Aircraft

      The Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan refutes Yerevan's reports that Armenia's Su-25 plane was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter, the head of the ministry's press service, Vagif Dargyahly, said Tuesday.

      "The information of Armenian media is a lie and yet another fantasy of the Armenian military propaganda machine", Dargyahly said.

    • 14:50

      Turkey Denies Its F-16 Shot Down Armenian Su-25 Warplane

      F-16 of the Turkish Air Force

      Turkey Denies That Its F-16 Downed Armenian Su-25 Fighter Amid Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh

      According to Yerevan, the pilot of the Armenian aircraft hit by the Turkish fighter died.
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    • 14:49

      Yerevan Has Not Yet Applied to CSTO, But Discusses It Amid Recent Events, Ambassador Says

      Yerevan has not yet applied for help to the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) in connection with the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, but the situation may change after Turkey shot down a plane of the country's air force today, the issue is being discussed, a statement will be made, Armenian Ambassador to Russia Vardan Toghonyan stated.

      Earlier in the day, the Armenian Defence Ministry reported that a Turkish F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 in Armenian airspace. This statement was refuted by Azerbaijan and Turkey.

      "Whether there is now a statement on the possibility of contacting the CSTO or not, we have this opportunity. We are now discussing this issue in connection with the development of the situation, the leadership of the country is discussing it", Toghonyan said.

      The CSTO confirmed to Sputnik that Armenia had not yet applied for help.

    • 14:49

      Azerbaijani Prosecutors: Number of Civilian Fatalities in Karabakh Conflict Grows to 12

      The number of civilian fatalities in a conflict in the Karabakh region has grown to 12, the number of the injured civilians has increased to 35, the office of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General stated on Tuesday.

      According to the press service of the Azerbaijani government agency, the damage was suffered as a result of attacks "directed by the Armenian leadership".

    • 13:53

      Turkish F-16 Downs Armenian Su-25 Fighter, Armenia's Defence Ministry Says

      F-16 of the Turkish Air Force

      Turkey Denies That Its F-16 Downed Armenian Su-25 Fighter Amid Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh

      According to Yerevan, the pilot of the Armenian aircraft hit by the Turkish fighter died.
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    • 13:36

      Armenian Foreign Minister Tells UN Azerbaijan Offensive Could Result in Regional War

    • 12:10

      Armenian National Football Team Captain Mkhitaryan Urges to Stop Azerbaijan Offensive, Prevent New Genocide

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    • 11:38

      New Video Allegedly Depicting Destruction Azerbaijani Helicopter Emerges Online

    • 11:21

      OSCE Parliamentary President Tsereteli Urges Int'l Organisations to Stop Karabakh Conflict

      An Armenian serviceman of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh launch artillery toward Azeri forces in the town of Martakert in Nagorno-Karabakh region

      OSCE PA Head Urges Global Community to Help Stop Conflict in Karabakh

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - All international organisations and countries should make an effort to stop the military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region, George Tsereteli, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), said.
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    • 11:07

      Statements of Military Support for Azerbaijan or Armenia Will Only Escalate Conflict, Kremlin Says

      A tank of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh moves on the road in the village of Talish April 6, 2016

      Statements of Military Support for Azerbaijan or Armenia Will Only Escalate Conflict, Kremlin Says

      Previously, Turkey stated that it is ready to support Baku both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table. At the same time, Ankara stressed that any attack on Azerbaijani territory is also an attack against Turkey.
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    • 10:35

      Secretary of Armenian Security Council Grigoryan Has Contacted His Russian Counterpart Patrushev on Karabakh Crisis

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - The head of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, on Tuesday held a phone conversation with his Armenian counterpart, Armen Grigoryan, to express concerns over the tensions in Karabakh, the Armenian Security Council said.

      According to the council, Grigoryan briefed Patrushev on the situation along the contact line and "Turkey's destabilising policies".

      "Patrushev expressed deep concerns over the situation, pointing to the need to solve the conflict exclusively through peaceful methods", the Armenian Security Council said in a statement, seen by Sputnik.

    • 10:30

      Ankara Considers Attack on Azerbaijani Territory an Attack on Turkish Soil, Deputy Head of Governing Party Says

    • 10:21

      Turkey Ready to Support Azerbaijan in Negotiations With Armenia and in Combat, Foreign Minister Says

      In this handout video grab released by the Azerbaijan Defence Ministry, Azeri military personnel conduct military operations in self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. On September 27 clashes erupted between Armenian and Azeri forces along the line of contact in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh

      Turkey Ready to Support Azerbaijan in Negotiations With Armenia and in Combat, Foreign Minister Says

      Following the escalation of tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Ankara stands in “full solidarity” with Baku, while condemning “Armenia’s attack on Azerbaijan”.
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    • 10:15

      Azerbaijani Envoy to Russia Says Not One Bomb Has Hit Armenian Territory

    • 09:52

      US Secretary of State Pompeo Urges Baku and Yerevan to Stop Fire, Return to Negotiations

      "The [Greek] foreign minister and I also addressed the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh where both sides must stop the violence and work with the Minsk Group co-chairs to return to substantive negotiations as quickly as possible", Pompeo told a briefing during his visit to Greece.

    • 09:50

      Russian Parliament Adopts Resolution Urging Sides to Cease Fire, Says Russia May Mediate Talks

      "The State Duma calls for immediate ceasefire, urges to avoid escalation of the conflict in the region, and stresses that the peaceful settlement is the only option. Members of the State Duma call on the sides to return to talks as soon as possible and are ready to be mediators to stabilise the situation", the statement of the parliament read.

    • 09:44

      Armenia Says Nagorno-Karabakh Military Downed Two Azerbaijani Helicopters - Video

      Soldiers of the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army on the first line of defense.

      Armenia Says Nagorno-Karabakh Military Downed Two Azerbaijani Helicopters - Video

      Both sides have reported numerous clashes in the past few days, accusing each other of aggression. At the same time, the Armenian and Azerbaijani militaries have posted multiple videos of operations and strikes against each other.
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    • 08:35

      UN Security Council to Address Escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh Soon, Baku Says

    • 08:28

      Baku Says Shelling in Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia Kills 10 Civilians, Injures 30

      "On 27 September, Armenian armed forces blatantly broke the ceasefire and used aggression. Breaching the norms and principles of the international law, they targeted civilians. Ten civilians were killed, 30 injured. Two of the dead were school children", the ministry representative said.

    • 08:22

      German Chancellor Merkel Discusses Tensions With Azerbaijani and Armenian Leaders, Urges Both Sides to Cease Fire

      "Chancellor Angela Merkel had a phone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan yesterday, with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today. The escalation of conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia was discussed. The chancellor stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire and return to negotiations", the cabinet said.

    • 08:00

      Armenia Claims to Have Downed Azerbaijani Helicopter Amid Escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 07:57

      Armenia Says Azerbaijan Leaves it No Other Choice But to Use 'Large Calibre' Systems With More 'Destructive Force'

    • 07:47

      Yerevan Denies Azerbaijan's Claims About Destruction of Armenian Motorised Rifle Regiment in Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 07:24

      Armenia Vows to Retaliate for Shelling of Military Base in Vardenis

      The Azerbaijani Army opened fire on the Armenian military in the border town of Vardenis, Yerevan stated on Tuesday.

    • 07:05

      Armenian Defence Ministry Says Civilian Bus on Fire After Being Hit by Azerbaijani Drone

    • 06:59

      Azerbaijan Claims Completely Destroyed Armenian Motorised Rifle Regiment in Nagorno-Karabakh

      According to Baku, the 3rd Martuni Regiment of the Armenian Army has been completely eliminated by Azerbaijani forces.

    • 06:57

      Azerbaijan Says It Has No F-16 Planes, Calls Armenian Reports About Downing One False

      "The reports of the Armenian side about a downed F-16 allegedly belonging to the Azerbaijani Air Force are a lie and a provocation. We declare that there are no F-16 fighters serving in the Air Force. For this reason, we remind the Armenian side that it is impossible to destroy what is nonexistent", an official statement said.

    • 06:16

      Yerevan Denies Baku's Claims of Armenian Army Shelling Dashkasan Area of Azerbaijan

    • 06:04

      Armenian Forces Report Downing Another Azerbaijani Drone Amid Clashes

    • 06:00

      Armenian Army Reports Destroying Azerbaijani Military Vehicles, Publishes Video

    • 05:29

      Armenia Considers Striking Military Alliance With Karabakh, Top MP of Governing Parl't Group Says

      "In the current situation, we are discussing our potential adequate response to the developments, one of them being specifically the signing of a military-political alliance with Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh)", the leader of the My Step ruling parliamentary faction, Lilit Makunts wrote on Facebook.

    • 05:08

      Azerbaijani Military Reports Eliminating Armenian Tank and Up to 10 Troops

    • 05:07

      Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan Urges Merkel to Curb Turkey's Policy in Region

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a telephone conversation discussing the Nagorno-Karabakh escalation, to curb Turkey's policy in the region, the Armenian cabinet said in a statement.

      "Pashinyan noted that since the beginning of the July events [aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border] Turkey has been showing unprecedented activity in the region. He called on the German chancellor to make every effort to curb the aggressive and destructive behaviour of Turkey and prevent its involvement in the region", the cabinet said.

      According to the Armenian cabinet, Merkel expressed deep concern over the current situation, noting the absence of an alternative to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh issue and the need to return to the peace process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.

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