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    Clashes between Baku and Yerevan in Nagorno-Karabakh have been escalating for almost three weeks, with both sides claiming they have managed to neutralise a large number of enemy troops and publishing videos of destroyed drones, tanks, and other military equipment

    Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have called on the parties to return to negotiations. At the same time, Turkey has stressed that it will back Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat", demanding that Armenia leave the "occupied territories".

    The predominantly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 and announced plans to join Armenia. The conflict led to a major war in the region between Yerevan and Baku that lasted until 1994, when the sides agreed to start talks to settle the dispute.

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    • 02:53

      Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry Says Armenian Forces Violated Ceasefire, Shelling Azerbaijani Positions in Nagorno-Karabakh

      Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says Armenia has violated the new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, shelling Azerbaijani positions along the line of contact in the troubled region.

      "Despite the announcement of a new humanitarian ceasefire at 00:00 on October 18 [20:00 GMT on Saturday], the armed forces of Armenia once again grossly violated the agreement. At night, the enemy launched mortar and artillery fire in the vicinity of Jabrayil, as well as the liberated villages on the Aras River. There are no casualties among the personnel. Our units have taken adequate response measures," Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said in the early hours of Sunday.

    • 00:19

      Azerbaijan Violates Humanitarian Truce over Karabakh, Armenian MoD Spokesperson Says

      Armenia on Sunday accused Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region by firing artillery and rockets.
      "The enemy fired artillery shells in the northern direction from 00:04 to 02:45, (2004 to 2245 GMT) and fired rockets in the southern direction from 02:20 to 02:45," Armenian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said in a Twitter post.

    • 21:17

      Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Embodies Moscow Statement Provisions - Armenian Foreign Ministry

      The new agreement on the humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh implements the provisions of the Moscow statement from the foreign ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

      The new Yerevan-Baku ceasefire went into effect at midnight local time on Saturday (20:00 GMT). Spokesperson of the president of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), Vahram Poghosyan, said on Facebook shortly after the ceasefire came into effect that the situation along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh was calm.

      "We highly appreciate the efforts of the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] Minsk Group co-chairs and the direct participation of the French President [Emmanuel Macron] in reaching an agreement on a ceasefire on humanitarian grounds on October 17. We believe that this agreement implements the joint statement adopted in Moscow, which expresses the need to introduce ceasefire verification parameters," the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a Saturday statement, released by the ministry’s spokeswoman, Anna Nagdalyan, on Facebook.

    • 21:07

      Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh Calm After Yerevan-Baku Ceasefire Comes Into Effect, Armenia’s Defense Ministry Confirms

      The situation along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh has been calm since the new humanitarian ceasefire came into effect, Armenia’s Defense Ministry said.

      "The situation at the line of contact is calm, the ceasefire on humanitarian grounds has already come into force," the Armenian Defense Ministry's spokeswoman, Shushan Stepanyan, wrote on her Telegram channel.

    • 20:25

      Situation Along Line of Contact Calm After Yerevan-Baku Ceasefire - Spokesman

      The situation along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh is calm since the humanitarian ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan went into effect at midnight (20:00 GMT), presidential spokesman of the self-proclaimed Artsakh Republic, Vagram Pogosyan, said.

      “The situation on the front in calm,” Pogosyan wrote on his Facebook page.

    • 19:58

      Lavrov Stresses Need to Adhere to Ceasefire to Armenian, Azerbaijani Counterparts

      Top Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov stressed the necessity of adhering to a strict ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in telephone conversations with his counterparts from the two republics, Jeyhun Bayramov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan respectively, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

      "During the talks, the need to strictly adhere to the provisions of the Moscow Statement of the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of October 10 of this year, providing for a ceasefire for humanitarian purposes, was emphasized,” the ministry said in a statement.

      Lavrov underlined the need to begin substantive negotiations on peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute in line with the principles of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs, the statement added.

    • 19:28

      French President Macron Welcomes Armenia, Azerbaijan Ceasefire Announcement - Elysee

      French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the ceasefire announcement from Armenia and Azerbaijan, a communique from the Elysee Palace on Saturday said.

      Minutes earlier, Yerevan and Baku released mirror statements announcing a humanitarian ceasefire effective midnight October 18. The non-recognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, for its part, confirmed its readiness to abide by the ceasefire in line with the October 10 Moscow Statement.

      "The President of the Republic welcomes the humanitarian ceasefire announced tonight jointly by Armenia and Azerbaijan after the French mediation held in recent days and hours in coordination with the co-chairs of the [OSCE] Minsk Group. This ceasefire must be unconditional and strictly observed by both sides,” the Elysee Palace statement read.


    • 18:30

      Azerbaijan and Armenia Agree to Enter Humanitarian Truce at Midnight

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Yerevan and Baku agreed to declare a ceasefire from 00:00 local time (20:00 GMT) on October 18, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

      "The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian truce starting as of 00:00 local time on 18 October", the statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website says.

      The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry confirmed the development.

      The humanitarian ceasefire will allow for the exchange of captured and deceased from both sides and supply of aid to civilians caught in the crossfire.


    • 17:18

      Russian Foreign Minister Holds Phone Talks on Karabakh Conflict with Armenian and Azerbaijani Counterparts

    • 16:38

      EU Condemns Strikes on Azerbaijani City of Ganja, Calls for Ceasefire Upholding

      "The European Union deplores the strikes on the Azerbaijani city of Ganja during the night of 16-17 October resulting in civilian loss of life and serious injury. All targeting of civilians and civilian installations by either party must stop. The ceasefire of 10 October must be fully respected without delay", the bloc’s foreign affairs spokesman, Peter Stano, said on Saturday.

    • 16:27

      Islamabad Denies Armenian Claims of Pakistani Troops' Aid to Azerbaijan in Karabakh

    • 16:20

      Karabakh Ombudsman Says 36 People Killed, 115 Wounded in 'Azerbaijan's Shelling'

    • 15:43

      Rally in Support of Azerbaijan Held in Berlin - Photos

    • 15:41

      Azerbaijan Destroys Armenian BM-21 Grad Rocket Launcher, S-125 Missile System

    • 15:40

      Armenia Publishes Photos of Aftermath of Azerbaijan's 'Rocket Attacks'

    • 14:40

      Azerbaijan Raises Death Toll in Ganja Airstrike to 14, Number of Wounded Revised to 55

    • 14:18

      Armenian MoD Says Azerbaijan Lost Four UAVs on Saturday Afternoon

      ՀՕՊ ստորաբաժանումները այսօր ժամը 16:30-ից 17:45-ը ընկած ժամանակահատվածում ՀՀ օդային տարածքում խոցել են հակառակորդի...

      Posted by Shushan Stepanyan on Saturday, 17 October 2020
    • 14:13

      Three Armenian Tor Missile Systems Destroyed by Azerbaijani Forces, Baku Says

    • 13:05

      Ex-Armenian President Sargsyan Urges EU's Donald Tusk to Stop Escalation in Karabakh

    • 12:19

      Azerbaijani Military Publishes Video of 'Destruction of Armenian S-300'

      The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry publishes video of alleged destruction of Armenian S-300

      Azerbaijani Military Publishes Video of 'Destruction of Armenian S-300'

      Skirmishes between the two countries continue in the Nagorno-Karabakh region despite the sides signing a ceasefire agreement on 9 October after 11-hour talks in Moscow.
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    • 11:03

      18-Year-Old Football Player from Armenian Club Dies in Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 10:25

      Ankara Accuses Armenia of Committing War Crimes by Shelling Azerbaijani Cities

      Search and rescue teams work on the blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan October 11, 2020.

      Ankara Accuses Armenia of Committing War Crimes by Shelling Azerbaijani Cities

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called shelling of Azerbaijani cities by Armenia amid the escalation of tension in conflict-torn Nagorno-Karabakh region war crimes, adding that those responsible will be held accountable.
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    • 08:45

      Azerbaijan's Civilian Death Toll From Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation Up to 60 - Prosecutors

      BAKU (Sputnik) - As many as 60 Azerbaijani civilians have been killed since the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict escalation, and 270 others have sustained injuries, the country's prosecutor general office said on Saturday.

      "Number of civilians killed – 60; number of injured civilians – 270; number of houses fallen into disrepair – 1,704; number of multi-apartment residential buildings fallen into disrepair – 90; number of damaged civil facilities – 327", a relevant infographic published on the official website said.

    • 08:34

      Yerevan Denies Azerbaijani Claim of 'Downed’ Armenian Su-25, Calls it Disinformation

      Ադրբեջանի ՊՆ հայտարարությունը, թե, իբր, հոկտեմբերի 17-ին խոցել են հայկական կողմին պատկանող Սու-25 ինքնաթիռ, հերթական ապատեղեկատվությունն է։

      Опубликовано Shushan Stepanyan Суббота, 17 октября 2020 г.

      "Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence claimed that on 17 October an Su-25 belonging to Armenia was downed - yet another case of disinformation", Armenian MoD Press Secretary Shushan Stepanyan said in a Facebook post.

    • 08:30

      Azerbaijani Air Defences Down Armenian Su-25 Jet, Baku Claims

      "On 17 October at 11:11 am, Azerbaijani air defence forces shot down an Su-25 attack aircraft of the Armenian Armed Forces, which was trying to strike at the positions of the Azerbaijani military in the Jabrayil region", Azerbaijan's MoD said.

    • 06:39

      Aliyev Claims Azerbaijani Army Has Seized Control of Fuzuli City in Karabakh

      AKU (Sputnik) - The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have taken control of the town of Fuzuli in the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, President Ilham Aliyev said in an address to the nation on Saturday

      "The town of Fuzuli has been taken under the control of the Azerbaijani Army", Aliyev said.

      The armed forces have also "liberated" a number of villages in the Fuzuli district, he added.

    • 06:23

      Aliyev Calls Strike on Ganja 'War Crime', Vows to 'Punish' Perpetrators on Battlefield

      "This is a war crime, a crime against humanity. If the international community does not want to punish them, we will punish the perpetrators. We will punish [them] on the battlefield and give a response", Aliyev said in his address to the nation on Saturday.

    • 05:51

      Missile Strike on Azerbaijan's Ganja Kills 12 People, Prosecutors Say

    • 05:26

      Nagorno-Karabakh Military Says Stepanakert and Shushi Targeted in Missile Strike

      Stepanakert, the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

      Nagorno-Karabakh Military Says Stepanakert and Shushi Targeted in Missile Strike

      Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh are continuing, with Baku and Yerevan both accusing each other of violating the ceasefire. Each side is blaming the other for missile attacks and provocations along the line of contact and have published numerous videos showing the destruction enemy military equipment, including drones, tanks, and armoured vehicles.
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