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Armenia Azerbaijan war: Bloodbath in disputed region as Putin URGES countries to ceasefire

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A fight between forces of both countries broke out on Sunday in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan’s president said Azerbaijani soldiers had lost their lives in the clash.

Armenia claimed that two Azerbaijani helicopters were shot down and three Azerbaijani vehicles were hit.

However, Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has refuted Armenia’s report.

The Nagorno-Karabakh leader Arayik Harutyunyan said the sector had lost sections to Azerbaijan’s military.

The region lies in Azerbaijan’s territory but is ruled by ethnic Armenian military supported by Armenia since 1994.

Armenia’s defence ministry said the latest clash was started by Azerbaijani violence.

Azerbaijan countered the claims saying Armenia attacked first.

Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh imposed martial law and military mobilisation.

According to the Armenian defence ministry videos obtained by the Armenian side shows the strike on the tanks.

It claimed the Armenian military launched a counter-offensive after civilians were targeted.

In a statement, Armenia’s defence ministry said: “Our response will be proportionate, and the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the situation.”

Hikmet Hajiyev, senior adviser to Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, claimed Armenian troops conducted “deliberate and targeted” attacks.

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said Armenia had targeted civilians as well as military positions along the “contact line”.

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It added Armenia carried out “intensive shelling” that led to the deaths of civilians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern about tensions in the region, the Kremlin press service reported on Sunday.

Mr Putin spoke to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over the telephone about the situation.

Mr Pashinyan initiated the phone call to the Russian President.

The press agency said: “The conversation focused on the situation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“The Russian side expressed serious concern over large-scale armed clashes.

“It was noted that it is important now to do everything possible to prevent further escalation of the conflict and stop hostilities.”

Russia has called for the stop of violent encounters in the disputed sector.

A spokeswoman for the ministry said Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov “is conducting intensive contacts in order to induce the parties to cease fire and start negotiations to stabilise the situation”.

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