The Azerbaijani armed forces opened fire on the positions of the Armenian army near the village of Verin Shorzha in the Gegharkunik region on May 25, according to the press service of the Armenian Defense Ministry.
“On May 25, at about 14:20 near the border village of Verin Shorzha, Gegharkunik region of Armenia, the enemy fired at Armenian positions. The details of the incident are being specified,” the statement says.
An Armenian soldier was killed as a result of the fire-fight that began after the Azerbaijani forces opened fire in the Verin Shorzha border region, the press service of the Armenian military department reported.
The victim was identified as a junior sergeant V. Khurshudyan.
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan denied reports of shelling at the positions of the Armenian army, claiming that the Armenian soldier’s death was an accident.
“The Ministry of Defense of Armenia has once again disseminated false information about the alleged shelling of positions in the settlement of Verin Shorzha in the Gegharkunik region on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border by Azerbaijani Armed Forces. We declare that no fire was opened in the direction of the opposite side,” – the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said in a statement.
Earlier in May, the Azerbaijani military advanced in Syunik province in order to “adjust the border”. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed that Azerbaijan seized Sev Lake, but that there were no skirmishes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.
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