A few minutes into the humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Armenian began accusing each other of violations.
The ceasefire was announced on October 10 morning from the Russian capital, Moscow, where Azerbaijani-Armenian talks are taking place. The ceasefire began at 12:00 PM local time.
Shushan Stepanyan, Press Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, said Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire at 12:05. Azerbaijani forces allegedly launched a ground attack at an area known as Karakhambeyli. The city of Hadrut was also shelled.
“Units of the Artsakh Defense Army take appropriate measures to halt the enemy attack,” the Press Secretary said.
From its side, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said Armenian forces had attacked and shelled the Aghdara-Tartar and Fizuli-Jabrail frontlines after 12:00.
Stepanyan denied the Azerbaijani claims, saying that Armenian forces didn’t not shell any areas controlled by the other side.
The humanitarian ceasefire is without a doubt a positive first step to end the battle in Nagorno-Karabakh. However, the situation appears to be fragile. Azerbaijani forces may launch new ground attacks in the region within a few days, if not hours.
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