Several killed in fresh Karabakh clash

Clashes between Azerbaijan and Defence Army of Nagorno-Karabakh have left several soldiers dead, with sides blaming each other for the violence.

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said three Armenians and two Azeris were killed following an Armenian attack.

Armenian reports said one Armenian was wounded repelling Azeri forces, and up to seven Azeris were wounded or killed.

Armenian retaliation?

The fighting happened near Verin Chayli village in Armenian-controlled Martakert region. This is the exact same location, where another deadly fighting happened two months ago, killing 4 Armenian and 1Azeri soldiers. The Armenian side claimed back in June, that the attack was initiated by the Azeri side. Azerbaijan didn’t deny this.

It would seem highly unlikely, that the Azeri side would try another attack from the same direction, while it would make perfect sense, for the Armenian side to retaliate from Verin Chayli and thus send a message to the confronting side.

This is of course, just a speculation…

Recent attempts to solve the “frozen conflict” have failed to gather steam.

There have been a number of skirmishes in recent months across the ceasefire line dating to the 1994.

Fighting broke out in the late 1980s as the Soviet Union headed towards collapse, with ethnic Armenians taking control of Nagorno-Karabakh and a land corridor linking it to Armenia.

Negotiations between the two countries, under a fresh peace drive backed by the US and Russia, took place last year but have since stalled.

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4 thoughts on “Several killed in fresh Karabakh clash

  1. To comment on the format… Nicely written post. I wish the Armenian newspapers followed a similar structure (except for the speculation portion, obviously).

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