Karabakh forces shot down an Azerbaijani helicopter on Thursday that landed in Iran, the press service of the Defense Ministry of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic said.
“On October 1, units of the Defense Army (Garabagh) on the southern section of the line of contact near Varazatumb Heights (Lele Tepe) shot down an enemy combat helicopter that fell on the territory of Iran,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
The Defense Ministry said that there is no intention in what happened, such cases are inevitable, as the fighting is conducted near the borders of Iran.
On September 27, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan stated that Armenian armed forces fired at settlements on the line of contact in Karabakh, and according to these data, there are casualties among civilians and military men. According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, Karabakh “has undergone air and missile attacks”. Yerevan said Baku had “launched an offensive” in the Karabakh direction. The unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was told that civilian settlements in Karabakh, including the capital Stepanakert, had come under artillery fire, the authorities called on the population to take refuge and later declared martial law and mobilization in Karabakh.
Armenia has also declared martial law and general mobilization. Former Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia, former Karabakh Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan told TOP NEWS that this was the first time general mobilization was announced in Armenia. The President of Azerbaijan approved the introduction of martial law in a number of cities and regions of the republic and curfews in the country, as well as announced partial mobilization.
A number of states, including Russia and France, called on the parties for restraint. Turkey stated that it would provide any support requested by Azerbaijan against the background of another aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The conflict in Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijani SSR. During the armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts. Since 1992, negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict have been held within the OSCE Minsk Group led by three co-chairmen – Russia, the USA, and France. Azerbaijan insists on preserving its territorial integrity, Armenia protects the interests of the unrecognized republic, as NKR is not a party to the negotiations.