Armenia declares a unilateral ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Today, Tuesday, Armenia announced a unilateral ceasefire with Azerbaijan, following the resumption of previous fighting, which has raised international concern.

Battles today took place between Armenia and Azerbaijan near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, leading to “human casualties” and the evacuation of Armenian sites, and raised fears of a new military escalation one year after a bloody one. war between the two countries.

The Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that an attack by Azerbaijani forces on the positions of the Armenian forces resulted in deaths and injuries on the Armenian side.

In addition, the ministry added that Yerevan also lost control of two military sites due to these clashes, while Azerbaijan captured 12 Armenian soldiers, according to Agence France-Presse.

“heavy losses”

On the other hand, Armenia also announced that it had inflicted “heavy casualties” on Azerbaijani forces. The statement added: “The battles continue and their intensity has not diminished.”

Armenia also claimed that Azerbaijani forces use “artillery and weapons of various calibers”.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (archive - AFP)
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (archive – AFP)

In parallel, the President of the European Council Charles Michel called on Armenian and Azerbaijani officials to a “fair reduction of the escalation” and a “global ceasefire”.

In a statement, the French Foreign Ministry also expressed deep concern over the deteriorating situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan and called on the two countries to respect a ceasefire.

These clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan after an escalation lasting several weeks, which raised fears of the resumption of a bloody war that took place last year between these two rival countries in the Caucasus, in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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