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Mission: Explosions in Nagorno-Karabakh |  JB

Mission: Explosions in Nagorno-Karabakh | JB

Meanwhile, there are reports that Azerbaijan has launched an operation of sorts in the region, which lies within Azerbaijan’s official borders, but in reality operates as a breakaway region under Armenia’s wing.

Azerbaijan says it informed Russia and Turkey about the operation.

According to information on social media from the Armenian side of Nagorno-Karabakh, the towns of the region are “under intense bombardment” after Azerbaijan launched a military operation in the region.

On Tuesday, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense demanded the “complete withdrawal” of Armenian forces from the region as a condition for peace in the region.

On the Armenian side, he denied that his country had forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The Armenian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly announced that the Republic of Armenia has no army in Nagorno-Karabakh,” the Armenian Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.

In recent months, tensions have escalated between arch-enemies Armenia and Azerbaijan. This can be seen in the form of a military build-up and mutual accusations of violating a Russian-brokered ceasefire after fighting in 2020, in which more than 6,500 people were killed.

On Monday, aid shipments were allowed to pass through the so-called Latgin corridor to Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani army has closed the road, the only land link between the breakaway region and Armenia, since last year, in violation of the ceasefire agreement.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous region in the South Caucasus located within the borders of Azerbaijan, but in fact it is a breakaway region under the wing of Armenia, and the majority of its population are Armenians. The region was at the heart of the decades-long regional conflict between the two countries, and two wars broke out in the region.

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In August and September 2020, thousands of fighters were killed over the course of six weeks. Russia then brokered a ceasefire agreement, which saw Armenia cede parts of territory it had controlled for decades, while Russia deployed peacekeepers guarding the five-kilometre-wide Latgin corridor to ensure free passage between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

In late June, deadly fighting broke out in the long-disputed region. The parties continued to exchange accusations of violating the ceasefire that was supposed to prevail in the region.

Baku and Yerevan are trying to negotiate a peace agreement with the help of the European Union and the United States, whose diplomatic intervention in the Caucasus has angered Russia.