Forces from the 2 nations conflict after Azerbaijan launches a army operation within the area.
Armenia says neighbouring Azerbaijan has attacked civilian settlements within the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area and its residents to hunt refuge in shelters because the worst clashes since 2016 elevate the spectre of one other large-scale conflict.
Arch-foes Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a territorial dispute over the primarily ethnic-Armenian area for many years.
Armenia’s defence ministry on Sunday stated its troops downed two Azerbaijani helicopters and three drones in response to an assault it stated started at 04:10 GMT towards civilian settlements, together with the regional capital of Stepanakert.
“Our response will probably be proportionate, and the military-political management of Azerbaijan bears full accountability for the scenario,” the ministry stated in a press release.
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry, in flip, stated it had launched a army operation alongside the “contact line”, a closely mined no-man’s-land that separates the Armenian-backed forces from Azerbaijani troops within the area, Russian information companies reported.
The ministry stated an Azerbaijani helicopter had been downed however its crew had survived.
Armenia’s overseas ministry condemned what it referred to as the “aggression of the military-political management of Azerbaijan” and stated the Armenian aspect would ship an applicable army and political response.
“Allow us to stand firmly behind our state, our military… and we’ll win. Lengthy reside the fantastic Armenian military!” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on Fb.
Ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence throughout a battle that broke out because the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. They seized Karabakh from Baku within the conflict, which killed 30,000 folks.
Although a ceasefire was agreed in 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia continuously accuse one another of assaults round Nagorno-Karabakh and alongside the Azerbaijan-Armenia border.
Talks to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute have been largely stalled because the ceasefire settlement.
The Minsk Group, which incorporates France, Russia and america, has labored to mediate the dispute, however the final huge push for a peace deal collapsed in 2010.
Vitality-rich Azerbaijan has invested closely in its army and repeatedly vowed to retake Karabakh by drive. Armenia has stated it can defend the territory, which has declared its independence however depends closely on Yerevan.