At least 21 people died in the armed conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh

At least 21 people died in the armed conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian and Azeri armed forces continue to conduct fierce fire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The parties accuse each other of using heavy artillery. There are reports of 21 dead and hundreds injured.

The President of Azerbaijan announced a partial military mobilization. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said more than 550 Armenian servicemen were killed or wounded as a result of the hostilities.

Interfax agency, referring to the representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry, stated that 200 Armenians were wounded.

Nagorno-Karabakh reported that 15 more soldiers were killed. On Sunday, the authorities of the unrecognized republic said that 16 soldiers were killed and more than 100 injured as a result of an airstrike and artillery attack on Azerbaijan.

Nagorno-Karabakh also says it has reclaimed some of the seized territories and that Azerbaijan has used heavy artillery for shelling. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated that the Armenian armed forces are shelling the city of Terter.

China and Russia called on both sides to show restraint.

The Armenian Ambassador to Russia said on Monday that Turkey had sent about 4,000 militants from northern Syria to Azerbaijan, Interfax reported. Baku denies this.

According to international law, Nagorno-Karabakh is recognized as part of Azerbaijan. But ethnic Armenians, who make up the overwhelming majority of the population, reject Azerbaijani rule.

Although a ceasefire was reached in 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia frequently blame each other for attacks in the Nagorno-Karabakh zone and along the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States will strive to end the violence.

“We are monitoring the situation very closely. — he said at a briefing. — We have good relations with many in this area. Let's see if we can stop it. »

The US State Department condemned the violence in a statement calling for an immediate end to the fighting.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden said the hostilities could escalate into wider conflict and called on the Trump administration to increase the number of observers along the ceasefire line and Russia to «stop cynically supplying weapons to both sides.»