In the disputed Nagorno-Karbakh region, the Ministry of Defense has claimed that 51 more soldiers have been killed in clashes with Azerbaijan forces. The death toll from the clashes that began on September 26 increased to 1,119 on Thursday. This information has been revealed by the report of British news agency Reuters.
The old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karbakh region resumed on 26 September. Hundreds of people have already died in the conflict. The fighting has not stopped even after Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a ceasefire agreement on Russia’s initiative. The last attempt was made by the United States to resolve the conflict. As part of this, the two countries reached a third ceasefire.
The ceasefire came into effect from Monday time last Monday morning. After a few minutes, a statement from Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense stated that Armenian forces fired shells at several villages in the Turt and Lachhi regions. As a result, the third ceasefire was virtually broken.
Although the Nagorno-Karbakh region is located inside Azerbaijan, it is controlled by Armenian separatists under the aegis of the Yerevan government. In the late 1970s, clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan began over control of the region. The conflict ended in the fall of the former Soviet Union in 1991. 30,000 people were killed in the conflict until a ceasefire was established between the two sides in 1994. Later in 2016 and even earlier this year the two sides joined the conflict.