YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenian and Azerbaijani forces fought across the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh to get another day Monday, with both sides blaming each other for restarting the strikes that allegedly killed and injured dozens since the decades-old battle has reignited.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claimed Armenian forces shelled the city of Tartar, while Armenian officials said that the fighting lasted overnight and Baku declared”offensive operations” in the daytime.
Azerbaijani army officials told the Interfax news agency that over 550 Armenian troops were”ruined (including those injured )” at a claim which Armenia refused.
According to officials at the predominantly Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, 58 servicemen in their side have been murdered thus far.
About 200 troops are wounded, but most were just slightly hurt and have returned into actions, the Armenian Defense Ministry stated. Azerbaijani police said nine civilians were killed and 32 injured in their side. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said Sunday there have been deficits one of Baku’s forces, also, but he did not elaborate.
The heavy fighting broke out Sunday at the area that is located in Azerbaijan but was under the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Yerevan authorities since 1994 in the conclusion of the separatist war.
Azerbaijan said it ruined two Armenian tanks and Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Ministry reported that Baku” dropped 10 armored vehicles at a tank battle”
The Armenian Defense Ministry explained that, although the fighting continued, “all offensives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were suppressed the enemy was thrown back” and endured losses.
Nagorno-Karabakh — a place from the Caucasus Mountains about 4,400 square km (1,700 square kilometers ) or on the magnitude of this U.S. state of Delaware — is 50 km (30 miles) in the Armenian border. Soldiers backed by Armenia also occupy a few Azerbaijani lands away from the area.
The European Union urged both sides to stop fighting and come back to the negotiating table, after similar forecasts by Iran, Russia, France, and the USA.
“We expect and we urge everybody to what they could to be able to protect against an all-star war from breaking out, since this is the last thing the area needs,” European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said in Brussels. “There isn’t any military solution for this battle.”
Five European nations — Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — requested a closed-door assembly of the U.N. Security Council about the escalating battle on Tuesday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the problem” is a cause for concern for both Moscow and other nations.”
“We think the hostilities must be immediately finished,” Peskov said, adding that the practice of resolving the battle should change into”a politico-diplomatic” measurement.
Armenia’s Foreign Ministry accused Turkey, which sides with Azerbaijan in the battle, of encouraging”this aggression”
“Turkish army specialists are fighting side by side with Azerbaijan, that is utilizing Turkish weapons, such as UAVs and warplanes,” the ministry stated. The problem” clearly suggests” that individuals in Nagorno-Karabakh are fighting “a Turkish-Azerbaijani alliance,” the announcement said.
Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan and stated Armenia’s immediate withdrawal in the area was the only means to guarantee peace.
“All other impositions and dangers won’t only be unjust and criminal, but will last to gratify Armenia,” he explained.
Erdogan criticized France, the U.S., and Russia — the three seats of this so-called Minsk team that has been set up in 1992 to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh battle — stating they had failed to solve the problem for 30 decades.
“They’ve done their best to not work out this matter. And they now come along with counsel and problem dangers. They state’ is Turkey here, is the Turkish army here:'” Erdogan stated.
“Whose lands were inhabited? … Nobody requests for (Armenia) into account.