The Karabakh Defense Army confidently controls the situation on the line of contact, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stepanyan said on Saturday.
“At the moment, positional battles are taking place along the whole length of the border. The units of the Defense Army continue to confidently control the situation,” Stepanyan wrote on Facebook.
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She also reported that more than an hour ago, the enemy fired a rocket at Stepanakert.
On September 27, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan stated that the Armenian armed forces fired on settlements on the line of contact in Karabakh, according to these data, there were victims among civil and military. 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.
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Armenia has also declared martial law and general mobilization. Former Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia, former Karabakh Minister of Justice Ruben Melikyan told TOP NEWS that this is the first time general mobilization is 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.