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99 soldiers lost their lives in the battles of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Russia calls for peace

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About 100 soldiers from both sides died in the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said 49 Armenian soldiers were killed in the attacks.
Azerbaijan said 50 of its soldiers had been killed.

Yerevan. Around 100 soldiers from both sides have died in the ongoing fighting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. With this, the possibility of deepening the long-standing enmity between the two countries has increased. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Tuesday that 49 Armenian soldiers had been killed in overnight attacks by Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan said 50 of its soldiers had been killed. There has been a ceasefire between the two countries with the mediation of Russia and under the ceasefire agreement, around 2,000 Russian soldiers are stationed as peacekeepers in the region. Russia called on the two former Soviet countries to maintain friendly relations.

According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, the Azerbaijani army carried out attacks with artillery and drones. The ministry said fighting continued during the day despite Russia’s quick mediation efforts for a ceasefire. He said the shelling had subsided but Azerbaijani troops were still trying to advance into Armenian territory. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Armenian forces opened fire on army posts in three districts of the country and that Armenian assailants laid landmines in these areas.

He said Azerbaijani forces had suffered an unknown number of casualties and had “strongly returned fire”. Meanwhile, India on Tuesday called on the two countries to end aggression and cease fire immediately, saying no problem can be solved through military conflict. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said India believed bilateral disputes should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.

Significantly, the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has been going on for decades over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, but it has been under the control of Armenian-backed forces since the end of a separatist war in 1994. In 2020, more than 6,600 people died in the war of six weeks in between. Armenia announced in its Security Council that it would report Azerbaijan’s firing to the Russian-led CSTO and the UN Security Council. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and gave detailed information about the whole matter and asked for help.

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