On October 11, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia reported that the army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is currently observing the ceasefire.
“On October 10 and 11, Azerbaijan continues to launch missile and artillery strikes on peaceful settlements of Artsakh (unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic – Ed.), Attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure. The Defense Army remains loyal to the ceasefire agreement, ”press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan wrote on her Facebook.
According to her, if Azerbaijan continues its offensive operations, Karabakh’s response will be “disproportionately tough.”
Earlier on the same day, Azerbaijan, in turn, reported nine deaths in the shelling of the city of Ganja by Armenia.
On October 9, following negotiations held in Moscow at the initiative of the Russian side, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed on a ceasefire from 12:00 local time (11:00 Moscow time) on October 10 for humanitarian purposes to exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead.
In addition, the parties agreed, through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, to begin substantive negotiations for the earliest possible achievement of a peaceful settlement of the situation in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) and confirmed the invariability of the format of the negotiation process.
However, after reaching an agreement, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced on October 10 about the activation of the use of drones by the Azerbaijani armed forces in the southern direction of the contact line in Karabakh and the death of 28 more NKR servicemen.
The press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan wrote on Facebook that on Saturday the Azerbaijani armed forces fired rockets at villages in the vicinity of the city of Kapan, there are casualties and wounded.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denied this information, calling it a provocation, and also announced the shelling from the Armenian side of the territories of the Terter and Aghdam regions around Karabakh.
On Saturday evening, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Azerbaijan announced that the Armenian armed forces bombarded the villages of Chemenli and Zangishali of the Agdam region, and a resident of the village of Chemenli of the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh died as a result of the explosion.
Another aggravation of the military conflict between Baku and Yerevan in Karabakh took place on September 27. The parties suffer losses among the military and civilian population. They blamed each other for aggravating the situation.
The conflict in Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Baku lost control over the region and seven adjacent districts. Since 1992, negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the conflict have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by three co-chairs – Russia, the United States and France.