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Escalation of Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

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Another escalation of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh republic started on February 25.

Escalation of Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Photo: RIA Novosti

On the night of February 25, another escalation of the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh republic (NKR) started. At the night, as usual, there were firefights and exchanges of strikes along the entire contact line. About 3 am local time, Azerbaijani military demined some part of the minefields.

Around 3:30 am local time, an Azerbaijani group, supported by armored vehicles and covered by mortar and artillery fire, tried to break through to Armenian defensive positions in the regions of Martuni (the south-eastern sector of the front) and Akna (the eastern sector of the front). The Defense Army of the Nagorno-Karabakh republic opened fire on the advancing enemy, killing five Azerbaijani soldiers. Their bodies were left lying on the neutral territory.

The attempt of an offensive of Azerbaijani military on the night of February 25 and the bodies of Azerbaijani soldiers, killed in the neutral zone:

The Azerbaijani side tried to hide the offensive, accusing Armenian military of attacks on its positions. In response, the Armenian Defense Ministry noted that the bodies not of Armenian, but Azerbaijani soldiers were lying in the neutral zone.

At the day of February 25, positional battles continued along the entire front. The Azerbaijani military leadership reported on destruction of an Armenian reconnaissance drone to the east of the village of Talish in the northern part of the contact line. The Armenian side denied this information.

On February 26-28, the firefight continued, but as before, escalation of the situation took place mostly at night. The NKR Army accused Azerbaijani military of active usage of heavy machine guns, mortars and the Israeli Spike antitank missile systems. Snipers operated at the both sides of the front.

On February 27, Azerbaijani servicemen managed to evacuate the bodies of their killed companions in arms “with participation of international observers.” The Armenian side accused the enemy of violating an agreement on exfiltration of bodies. On February 28, another Azerbaijani soldier Akhmedov Elvin Suleyman, who participated in the attempt to break through, died at a hospital from his injuries. The death toll of the Azerbaijani side increased up to 6 people.

In early March, intensity of the fire from the both sides remained quite high. The Azerbaijani side reported on destruction of a headquarters of the Armenian Armed Forces, located in the Khojavend direction, “as a result of retaliation” on March 1. Also, according to the Azerbaijani Military Department, on the night of March 2, an Armenian sabotage-reconnaissance group tried to attack Azerbaijani positions, located on the Agder-Terter part of the front, however, the group was eliminated.

The Armenian Defense Ministry denied information about the destruction of its headquarters and eliminating of its sabotage-reconnaissance group.

On March 2, firefights and exchanges of strikes again considerably intensified along the entire front line in the Nagorno-Karabakh republic. Azerbaijani military reported that they destroyed the Armenian X-55 reconnaissance drone. The Armenian side denied this information, but the Azerbaijanis provided a photo of the downed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Escalation of Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

A photo of the Armenian X-55 reconnaissance drone, shot down by Azerbaijani military (Photo: tr.trend.az)

On the night of March 3, the both sides executed fire on the enemy positions. All types of small arms, including large-caliber mortars, grenade launchers, artillery and rocket launchers, were used. Snipers operated. Despite the escalation, the sides do not undertake offensive actions so far.

The post is based on this article by Voyennyy Obozrevatel blog

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