Only recently had Nagorno-Karabakh calmed down and fighting resumed. The area is disputed between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

In the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict region in the South Caucasus, both sides say heavy fighting has broken out between the warring countries Azerbaijan and Armenia. The capital of the Stepanakert region had been shelled, people had to get to safety, authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh announced on Sunday.

Numerous houses in villages were destroyed. There are also injuries. After the fighting with Azerbaijan in the conflict zone, Armenia has declared martial law. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced this in Yerevan on Sunday. All operational residents 18 and older must be ready, according to the agencies.

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Both sides blamed each other for the fighting. The shelling began early in the morning from the Azerbaijani side, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on Facebook. “Full responsibility for this rests with the Azerbaijani military-political leadership,” said the spokeswoman for Armenia’s Ministry of Defense.

Yerevan shot down helicopters and combat drones. Three enemy tanks were hit. Baku denied this, insisting that the fighting was a counter-offensive on the front line. Armenia provoked the fighting.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is controlled by Armenia, is part of Islamic Azerbaijan under international law. Baku lost control of the area inhabited by Christian Karabakh Armenians in a war following the collapse of the Soviet Union. A ceasefire has existed in the region since 1994, but this has been broken several times.

In July there was fierce fighting on the border between the warring republics; However, the fighting was hundreds of miles north of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia relies on Russia as a protective force, which has thousands of soldiers and weapons stationed there.

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