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    The latest Yerevan-Baku ceasefire came into force at midnight local time on Saturday (20:00 GMT).

    Hostilities on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh have been ongoing since 27 September, with Yerevan and Baku accusing each other of firing the first shot. The international community has strongly condemned the escalation and called on the parties to settle their differences via dialogue, while Turkey has pledged its full support for Azerbaijan.

    Lengthy negotiations by diplomats from all sides took place in Moscow on 9-10 October, resulting in an agreement to announce a ceasefire starting 11 October, but the exchange of fire continued unabated.

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    • 23:09

      Foreign Ministers of France, Armenia Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh Situation

      Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian have held phone talks discussing the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, where a new humanitarian ceasefire has taken effect, the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

      "During the talks, Mnatsakanyan highly appreciated the personal contribution of French President Emmanuel Macron to reaching a ceasefire agreement, noting that the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan has once again refused to fulfill its obligations and continues a large-scale military aggression against [Republic of] Artsakh [aka Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh]," the Armenian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

      The ministry reiterated Armenia’s commitment to the ceasefire agreement and a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    • 21:29

      Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry Updates Death Toll Among Servicemen, Releasing 37 More Names

      The Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh) has released an updated list of servicemen killed during hostilities in the region, releasing over 30 new names.

      According to the ministry’s Sunday data, as of October 17, a total of over 620 servicemen have been killed.

      An earlier Sunday post contained the names of 40 killed servicemen. On Sunday evening, the names of another 37 killed servicemen were released by the Nagorno-Karabakh defense ministry.

    • 19:27

      Yerevan to Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Independence if Clear Baku Not Willing to Resolve Issue Through Negotiations - President

      Yerevan will recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh if it sees that Azerbaijan will not take the route of peaceful negotiations, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said.

      Speaking to Russian daily Kommersant in an interview published Sunday, Sarkissian said that Armenia has refrained from recognizing the disputed Armenian-majority region in order “not to complicate” resolution talks with Azerbaijan.

      “Armenia’s non-recognition of independence is connected only with the fact that the Armenian side wants to resolve the issue through peaceful negotiations,” Sarkissian said to the newspaper.

      The figurehead president went on to condition the recognition on the willingness of Baku to come to the negotiation table.

      “It is like a tunnel, and if there is a light at the end of this tunnel - the light of a final peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem - then we can wait a little longer. And if there is no light, that is, if it is clear that Azerbaijan, with Turkey's support, will not go through with negotiations, then Armenia will recognize the independence of [Nagorno-]Karabakh,” Sarkissian was quoted as saying.

    • 17:41

      UN Chief Regrets Yerevan, Baku Regularly Ignore Int'l Community's Calls for Ceasefire

      UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his regrets over the fact that Armenia and Azerbaijan have repeatedly ignored the international community's calls for ceasing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Sunday.

      "The Secretary-General deeply regrets that the sides have continuously ignored the repeated calls of the international community to immediately stop the fighting. As he underscored again in his latest calls with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, both sides have the obligation under international humanitarian law to take constant care to spare and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in the conduct of military operations," the statement said.

      The UN chief expects the conflicting parties to fully abide by commitments under the recent humanitarian truce and immediately resume substantive negotiations under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group.

      "The Secretary-General condemns all attacks on populated areas impacted by the conflict. The tragic loss of civilian lives, including children, from the latest reported strike on 16 October on the city of Ganja is totally unacceptable, as are indiscriminate attacks on populated areas anywhere, including in Stepanakert/Khankendi and other localities in and around the immediate Nagorno-Karabakh zone of conflict," the statement added.

      The fighting on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh have been ongoing since September 27, with Yerevan and Baku accusing each other of starting the firing. The hours-long talks between foreign ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan held in Moscow last week led to a humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh that started on October 10. However, hostilities resumed on the same day. A new truce has been reached and came into force at 20:00 GMT this Saturday, but the sides have immediately blamed each other for violating it.

    • 16:55

      Armenian MoD Posts New Video of Azerbaijan's Hardware Destruction

    • 16:03

      Powerful Blast Heard Near Stepanakert, Sputnik Correspondent Reports

      STEPANAKERT (Sputnik) - A powerful explosion was heard on Sunday in Stepanakert, the capital of the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh (or Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), despite a ceasefire that was recently agreed by the conflicting sides, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      According to the correspondent, a flashlight and then smoke was seen at the site of the explosion.

      At the same time, a flying drone was heard in the skies over Stepanakert, prompting air defence systems to open fire.

      Sputnik Armenia correspondent later reported hearing another blast in the environs of the Karabakh capital.

    • 15:48

      Armenia's Military Shares Video Allegedly Showing Foreign Mercenaries in Azeri Border Guard Uniform

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      Armenia has been accusing Azerbaijan of engaging foreign mercenaries in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In particular, multiple media reports suggested that Baku redeployed militants from Syria via Turkey. Baku has denied the allegations asserting that no country has provided any proofs to support such claims.
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    • 14:27

      UN Head Regrets Parties in Karabakh Conflict Ignore Calls to End Hostilities

      "The Secretary-General deeply regrets that the sides have continuously ignored the repeated calls of the international community to immediately stop the fighting. As he underscored again in his latest calls with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, both sides have the obligation under international humanitarian law to take constant care to spare and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in the conduct of military operations", spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Sunday.

      The UN chief expects the conflicting parties to fully abide by commitments under the recent humanitarian truce and immediately resume substantive negotiations under the auspices of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group.

      "The Secretary-General condemns all attacks on populated areas impacted by the conflict. The tragic loss of civilian lives, including children, from the latest reported strike on 16 October on the city of Ganja is totally unacceptable, as are indiscriminate attacks on populated areas anywhere, including in Stepanakert/Khankendi and other localities in and around the immediate Nagorno-Karabakh zone of conflict", the statement added.

    • 13:55

      Karabakh Downs Two Azerbaijani Drones, Republic's Army Says

    • 12:58

      Azerbaijan Takes Control Over Khodaafarin Bridge

    • 12:35

      Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Ministry Says Death Toll Among Servicemen Grew by 40 to Over 620

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - The Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Sunday reported that the total number of its servicemen killed in hostilities with Azerbaijani forces had increased by 40.

      The list of 40 killed servicemen was published by the republican Ministry of Defense on its official website. As of Sunday, the death toll has topped 620.

    • 12:13

      Azerbaijan 'Ready' to Return Bodies of Armenian Servicemen

      "In accordance with the spirit of the temporary ceasefire declared for humanitarian purposes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons at the meetings with the International Committee of the Red Cross’ representation declared readiness to transfer the bodies of Armenian servicemen located on the territory of Azerbaijan via a pre-agreed corridor in the direction of the Tovuz region of the state border. The Azerbaijani side has asked to inform the opposite side about it", the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons said on Sunday.

    • 11:09

      Extent of Destruction in Terter Region - Video

    • 10:58

      Second Armenian UAV Destroyed in One Day, Azerbaijan's MoD Says

    • 09:59

      Yerevan Warns of Plague Outbreaks in Karabakh Conflict Zones

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - The Armenian Health Ministry on Sunday issued a warning that military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions increase the risk of transmission of diseases, including plague.

      "Military actions can contribute to the activation of outbreaks, increase the risk of infectious diseases transmitted by rodents (plague, tularemia, leptospirosis). The high mortality and infectivity of the plague makes it very conducive to causing mass infections", the ministry said in a statement on its website.

      The ministry explained that fighting was taking place in regions with naturally occurring pathogens and transmitters, and the suspension of public health action, the destruction of water supply systems and the improper removal and burial of corpses might create preconditions for outbreaks and epidemics. Cholera, hepatitis A and dysentery were other diseases at a higher risk of spreading due to unsanitary conditions in combat situations.

      The exacerbation of the epidemiological situation in the region poses risk to nearby regions not involved in the conflict. The Aras River delineates the entire border between Azerbaijan and Iran, including the disputed regions, and may serve as a route to spread infections to populations downstream.

    • 09:48

      Azerbaijan MoD Claims Armenian Forces Shelling Agdam Region

      "Armenian armed forces are subjecting to fire the territory of the Aghdam region", Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

      In addition, Azerbaijan reported destroying Armenia’s tactical unmanned aerial vehicle, which "attempted to carry out a flight in the Horadiz direction."

    • 09:34

      Baku Claims Downing Armenia's Su-25 Amid Karabakh Ceasefire, Yerevan Denies

      BAKU/YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Azerbaijan shot down an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet in Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said, triggering an immediate rebuttal from Yerevan.

      "On October 18, at 12.30 [08:30 GMT], the Air Defence Units of Azerbaijan shot down another Su-25 attack aircraft of the Armenian armed forces, which was attempting to inflict airstrikes on the positions of the Azerbaijan Army in the Jabrayil direction", the ministry said.

      The Armenian Defence Ministry has promptly refuted the claim, which came after a fresh ceasefire took effect in Karabakh at midnight local time and the sides accused each other of violating it.

      "This information does not correspond to the reality", spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan told Sputnik.

    • 09:20

      Rally in Support of Azerbaijan Held in Tbilisi - Photos

    • 08:49

      Azerbaijan Accuses Armenia of Breaching Truce, Warns of Retaliation

    • 08:16

      Yerevan Says Baku Reluctant to Negotiate Evacuation of Injured Soldiers From Battlefield

      "After the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan reached an agreement on the establishment of humanitarian truce on 18 October 2020, an attempt was made to reach an agreement to withdraw the injured soldiers from the battlefield, through the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. However, this step, undertaken in line with the letter and spirit of both the 17 October agreement and the 10 October Moscow agreement, was categorically rejected by Baku", the Armenian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

      It went on to argue that the Azerbaijani leadership "has turned itself into an instrument of Turkish expansionism in the region, is concerned only about holding grip on power" and is "terrified of the inevitable perspective of being accountable before its own people for unleashing war and for the numerous lives it has claimed."

    • 07:40

      Nagorno-Karabakh Authorities Say Fresh Humanitarian Ceasefire Indefinite

      "The ceasefire itself is indefinite, although some Azerbaijani officials claim that it has been declared for several days. There is nothing like this. If they are talking about a few days, they are going to resort to new actions. But this truce is indefinite",  David Babayan, an adviser to the unrecognized republic's president, told a briefing, broadcast on Facebook.

      He stressed that the main thing for Karabakh now is to avoid new victims.

      The official also reported a critical sanitary situation on the contact line, as, according to him, Azerbaijan does not take away the bodies of those killed.

    • 07:05

      Karabakh Authorities Say Ceasefire Holds in Some Areas

      The humanitarian ceasefire holds in some parts of Nagorno-Karabakh, but there are areas where Azerbaijan is seeking to break defense, David Babayan, an adviser to the unrecognized republic's president, said on Sunday.

      The new truce in the conflict-torn region came into force at midnight local time (20:00 GMT on Saturday) following France's mediation. Yerevan and Baku, however, have immediately accused each other of violating it. The new truce builds on the Russian-brokered ceasefire, which was declared a week ago.

      "In general, the humanitarian ceasefire holds in some sections of the contact line, but there are areas where the Azerbaijani armed forces are trying to break the defense of Karabakh. All these actions are being suppressed. I think the enemy will continue active actions in some areas," Babayan told a briefing, broadcast on Facebook.

      According to the official, Azerbaijan’s main target is a reservoir located on the border with Iran on the Aras river, which is mainly used by the Islamic republic. Baku, he argued, aims to "disable or capture the strategically important facility in order to gain a leverage over Iran."

      He also appreciated the efforts of the international community, "especially of fraternal Russia," to establish a truce in the region.

      "If Azerbaijan breaks the ceasefire this time, the reaction of the international community will be very harsh," Babayan stated.

    • 06:49

      Yerevan Refutes Claim by Azerbaijan's MoD That Armenian Forces Violated State Border and Ceasefire

    • 06:28

      Current Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh Isn't Permanent, Adviser to Unrecognised Republic's President Says

      The humanitarian ceasefire that came into force in Nagorno-Karabakh at midnight is indefinite, David Babayan, an adviser to the unrecognized republic's president, said on Sunday.

      The new truce in the conflict-torn region took effect at midnight local time (20:00 GMT on Saturday). Yerevan and Baku have immediately accused each other of violating it.

      "The ceasefire itself is indefinite, although some Azerbaijani officials claim that it has been declared for several days. There is nothing like this. If they are talking about a few days, they are going to resort to new actions. But this truce is indefinite," Babayan told a briefing, broadcast on Facebook.

      He stressed that the main thing for Karabakh now is to avoid new victims.

      The official also reported a critical sanitary situation on the contact line, as, according to him, Azerbaijan does not take away the bodies of those killed.

    • 06:17

      Yerevan Says Karabakh Army Knocks Out 4 Attacking Azerbaijani Tanks South of Contact Line

      An ethnic Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece during fighting with Azerbaijan's forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in this handout picture released September 29, 2020

      Yerevan Says Karabakh Army Knocks Out 4 Attacking Azerbaijani Tanks South of Contact Line

      YEREVAN (Sputnik) - The Defence Army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has knocked out four attacking Azerbaijani tanks south of the contact line, the Armenian Defense Ministry said on Sunday morning, hours after a fresh ceasefire took effect in the region.
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    • 05:14

      Turkish Parliament Speaker Heads to Baku in Another Show of Support Amid Karabakh War

      Turkish parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop is set to start his three-day visit to Azerbaijan on Sunday in yet another show of Ankara's support for the South Caucasian country amid the reignited conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

      Sentop is expected to meet with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on Monday and deliver an address in the country's parliament the next day.

      Ahead of the visit, the senior lawmaker said that he would reaffirm Turkey's readiness to "provide any support that Azerbaijan requests" as part of their "one nation, two states" relationship.

      Turkey pledged its "unwavering" support to Azerbaijan since the first day of resumed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-controlled breakaway enclave that had proclaimed independence from Baku after the breakdown of the Soviet Union and has since sought recognition.

    • 05:09

      First Night in Stepanakert After New Ceasefire Takes Effect Calm

      The first night after the new humanitarian ceasefire took effect in the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region was calm in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh), a Sputnik correspondent reports.

      No air raid sirens were heard in the city during the night, but local residents still hid in the basements.

      According to the Sputnik correspondent, on Saturday, representatives of humanitarian organizations arrived in Stepanakert to help conflicting sides exchange prisoners.

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

      Armenian Defence Ministry's spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said early on Sunday morning that Azerbaijan had started an offensive along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh despite the ceasefire.

      "By 07:20 [03:20 GMT], using artillery fire, the enemy launched an offensive in the southern direction (the Khoda Afarin reservoir, bordering Iran) with the aim of taking advantageous positions. Both sides have suffered losses," Stepanyan wrote on Facebook.

      Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said in the early hours of Sunday that Armenia had violated the new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, shelling Azerbaijani positions along the line of contact in the troubled region.

      "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 a statement.

    • 05:00

      Armenian Defenсe Ministry Says Azerbaijan Starts Offensive Despite Nagorno-Karabakh Truce

      Azerbaijan started an offensive along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday morning, despite the new ceasefire, Armenian Defenсe Ministry's spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said.

      "Despite the announcement of the new humanitarian ceasefire, the armed forces of Azerbaijan once again grossly violated the agreement. By 07:20 [03:20 GMT], using artillery fire, the enemy had launched an offensive in the southern direction (the Khoda Afarin reservoir, bordering Iran) with the aim of taking advantageous positions. Both sides have suffered losses," Stepanyan wrote on Facebook early on Sunday.

      Azerbaijan’s Defenсe Ministry said in the early hours of Sunday that Armenia had violated the new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, shelling Azerbaijani positions along the line of contact in the troubled region.

      "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 a statement.

      Hours earlier, Stepanyan said that Azerbaijan had violated the humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

      "Once again violating the humanitarian ceasefire, the enemy fired artillery shells in the northern direction from 00:04 to 02:45 [from 20:04 to 22:45 GMT on Saturday], and fired rockets in the southern direction from 02:20 to 02:45," Stepanyan wrote on Twitter.

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