Three Soldiers Killed In Fresh Armenia and Azerbaijan Fighting

At least three soldiers were killed and dozens others injured in fresh fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, prompting international community call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

The army of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic said that two Armenian servicemen died and 14 others were wounded after Azerbaijani troops fired grenade launchers in an apparent violation of a ceasefire deal reached in 2020.

In a separate tweet, the army said that “Azerbaijani Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in some sections last night, injuring 19 Defense Army soldiers, including five in critical condition.”

Azerbaijan confirmed it lost one soldier after Karabakh troops targeted its army positions in the district of Lachin, which is under the supervision of the Russian peacekeeping forces.

Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said it conducted an operation dubbed “Revenge” in response and took control of several strategic heights in Karabakh after Armenian armed detachments attempted to seize the Girkhgiz high ground, and establish new combat positions there.

“Currently, Azerbaijan Army Units are carrying out engineering work on the establishment of new positions and laying supply roads on advantageous frontiers,” it said in a statement.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought two deadly wars, one in 2020, second in 199s over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The 2020 conflict that took the lives of over 6,500 people in a period of six weeks, was ended through a Russia-brokered ceasefire.

Russian defense ministry said Thursday that armed forces of Azerbaijan violated ceasefire in around the Saribaba height, and vowed to take measure to stabilize the situation.

The EU in a statement called for an immediate cessation of the hostilities, and called on both sides to fully respect the ceasefire and return to the negotiating table to seek negotiated solutions.

“The European Union remains committed to help overcome tensions and continue its engagement towards sustainable peace and stability in the South Caucasus,” it said.

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