YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Five Azerbaijani drones have been shot down in the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region, Armenian Defense Ministry's spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said.
"Today, in the result of hostilities in the Artsakh [unrecognized Republic of Artsakh, aka Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh]-Azerbaijani conflict zone, the air defense units of the Defense Army shot down 5 enemy UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles]," Stepanyan wrote on Twitter on Monday.
Armenian Defense Minister Artsrun Hovhannisyan said earlier on Monday that the intensity of fighting in the southern direction of the contact line in the Nagorno-Karabakh region had slightly weakened.
On 9 October, talks were held in Moscow between the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia with the aim of reaching a Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement. The Moscow meeting resulted in a humanitarian ceasefire that came into force on 10 October but nonetheless failed to hold. A new truce has since been agreed upon. It came into effect at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, 17 October, but both sides have been reporting violations.
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told reporters on Monday that a verification mechanism to ensure compliance with the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region was needed, and the issue was currently being discussed.
Earlier on Monday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan convened the country's Security Council for an emergency meeting to discuss the ongoing confrontation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which started at the end of September.