Reuters: Turkey calls on Armenia to end hostility towards Azerbaijan after clashes

Reuters
Sept 27 2020

Reuters: Turkey calls on Armenia to end hostility towards Azerbaijan after clashes

Reuters
Sept 27 2020

Armenia shoots down 2 Azerbaijani helicopters, 3 drones

CGTN, China
Sept 27 2020
CGTN

Armenia on Sunday has shot down two helicopters and three drones of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on social media.

The move is a response to Azerbaijan's attack on civilian settlements in the disputed territory, according to Armenian Defense Ministry.

Also on Sunday, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said it is currently launching a counter-offensive in the region.

Heavy fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region has caused civilian casualties on both sides, the Azerbaijani presidency said.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988.





Armenia shoots down 2 Azerbaijani helicopters, 3 drones

CGTN, China
Sept 27 2020
CGTN

Armenia on Sunday has shot down two helicopters and three drones of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on social media.

The move is a response to Azerbaijan's attack on civilian settlements in the disputed territory, according to Armenian Defense Ministry.

Also on Sunday, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said it is currently launching a counter-offensive in the region.

Heavy fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region has caused civilian casualties on both sides, the Azerbaijani presidency said.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988.





Armenian forces hit 2 Azerbaijan choppers as fierce fighting erupts over disputed land

The Print, India
Sept 27 2020
Zulfugar Agayev 3:19 pm IST

Bloomberg: Fierce fighting involving tanks, aircraft and artillery broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenians Sunday in a conflict over land that’s been disputed for decades.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said it launched a “counterattack” after accusing Armenians of firing on its military positions and on civilian settlements near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. Armenia said Azerbaijan started bombarding along the contact line separating the two forces and shelled civilians including in the region’s capital, Stepanakert.

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has flared repeatedly since Armenians took control of the territory and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Hundreds were killed in a five-day war in 2016 before Russia pressured both sides to resume a cease-fire that was first brokered in 1994. Despite decades of mediation by the U.S., France and Russia, no peace agreement has been signed.

The Azeri army is using tanks, artillery, missile systems and aircraft against Armenian positions near the front line and deeper into Armenian-held territory, the Defense Ministry in Baku said in a website statement. As many as 12 Armenian anti-aircraft systems have been destroyed and one Azeri helicopter was shot down, it said.

Armenian forces hit two Azeri helicopters, three tanks and three drones, Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said.

Civilians in Nagorno-Karabah have been urged to go into shelters after Azerbaijan shelled Stepanakert, according to Vahram Poghosyan, presidential spokesman in the unrecognized republic. “Our response will be proportional, and the whole responsibility is on the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan,” he said.

The fighting comes after tensions between the two sides rose sharply last week, when Azeri President Ilham Aliyev alleged that Armenia was massing forces near Nagorno-Karabakh for a new war. Armenia dismissed the claim as groundless and accused Aliyev of preparing for a war. – Bloomberg

Armenian forces hit 2 Azerbaijan choppers as fierce fighting erupts over disputed land

The Print, India
Sept 27 2020
Zulfugar Agayev 3:19 pm IST

Bloomberg: Fierce fighting involving tanks, aircraft and artillery broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenians Sunday in a conflict over land that’s been disputed for decades.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said it launched a “counterattack” after accusing Armenians of firing on its military positions and on civilian settlements near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory. Armenia said Azerbaijan started bombarding along the contact line separating the two forces and shelled civilians including in the region’s capital, Stepanakert.

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has flared repeatedly since Armenians took control of the territory and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Hundreds were killed in a five-day war in 2016 before Russia pressured both sides to resume a cease-fire that was first brokered in 1994. Despite decades of mediation by the U.S., France and Russia, no peace agreement has been signed.

The Azeri army is using tanks, artillery, missile systems and aircraft against Armenian positions near the front line and deeper into Armenian-held territory, the Defense Ministry in Baku said in a website statement. As many as 12 Armenian anti-aircraft systems have been destroyed and one Azeri helicopter was shot down, it said.

Armenian forces hit two Azeri helicopters, three tanks and three drones, Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said.

Civilians in Nagorno-Karabah have been urged to go into shelters after Azerbaijan shelled Stepanakert, according to Vahram Poghosyan, presidential spokesman in the unrecognized republic. “Our response will be proportional, and the whole responsibility is on the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan,” he said.

The fighting comes after tensions between the two sides rose sharply last week, when Azeri President Ilham Aliyev alleged that Armenia was massing forces near Nagorno-Karabakh for a new war. Armenia dismissed the claim as groundless and accused Aliyev of preparing for a war. – Bloomberg

Nagorno-Karabakh: Secretary General calls for immediate end to hostilities

Council of Europe
Sept 27 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: Secretary General calls for immediate end to hostilities

Council of Europe
Sept 27 2020

NYT: Fighting Flares Between Azerbaijan and Armenia

New York Times
Sept 27 2020

The governments of both countries reported action with tanks, military helicopters and artillery in a rapid escalation of a long-simmering conflict.

By

  • Sept. 27, 2020, 6:00 a.m. ET

MOSCOW — Fighting that was reported to be fierce broke out on Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia and quickly escalated with the two sides claiming action with artillery, helicopter and tanks along a disputed border.

The military action centered on the breakaway province of Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous area north of Turkey and Iran where ethnic tensions and historical grievances have made kindling for conflict for decades.

The fighting on Sunday, however, was reportedly more severe than the typical periodic border skirmishes, and both governments used military language describing the events as war. Before Sunday, the last major escalation was in 2016. Each sides accused the other of using artillery against civilians.

“The enemy has started an attack” on the Karabakh region, the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, said in a post on Facebook.

Mr. Pashinyan said the military of the Karabkah region, an ethnic Armenian enclave that claims to be an independent state but is mostly unrecognized, had repelled the attack.

But the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan then issued a statement saying it had begun a “counterattack” with tanks, helicopters and rocket artillery.

In a statement carried by Russian news agencies, Azerbaijan said the military operation had destroyed “troops, military objects and equipment of the Armenian armed forces” near the border as well as deeper inside the country. It said it destroyed 12 short-range antiaircraft installations in Armenia.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed three tanks and shot down two helicopters, Reuters reported.

In past flare-ups, both sides have exaggerated their successes and the scale of their enemies’ violations of cease-fire agreements, though the potential for a wider war has always been clear. The Karabakh region maintains a system to call up nearly its entire male population as minutemen, and this mobilization was announced Sunday morning.

Fighting in and around the Karabakh region, which Armenia calls Artsakh, was among the most vicious of the early post-Soviet conflicts. A cease-fire was declared in 1994, but violence has often flared up since.

Moscow sells weapons to both sides and has also brokered cease-fire agreements. Russia has a military base in Armenia. The Armenian diaspora in France and the United States has aided the Karabakh region, including financing construction of a strategic mountain-access road.

NYT: Fighting Flares Between Azerbaijan and Armenia

New York Times
Sept 27 2020

The governments of both countries reported action with tanks, military helicopters and artillery in a rapid escalation of a long-simmering conflict.

By

  • Sept. 27, 2020, 6:00 a.m. ET

MOSCOW — Fighting that was reported to be fierce broke out on Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia and quickly escalated with the two sides claiming action with artillery, helicopter and tanks along a disputed border.

The military action centered on the breakaway province of Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous area north of Turkey and Iran where ethnic tensions and historical grievances have made kindling for conflict for decades.

The fighting on Sunday, however, was reportedly more severe than the typical periodic border skirmishes, and both governments used military language describing the events as war. Before Sunday, the last major escalation was in 2016. Each sides accused the other of using artillery against civilians.

“The enemy has started an attack” on the Karabakh region, the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, said in a post on Facebook.

Mr. Pashinyan said the military of the Karabkah region, an ethnic Armenian enclave that claims to be an independent state but is mostly unrecognized, had repelled the attack.

But the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan then issued a statement saying it had begun a “counterattack” with tanks, helicopters and rocket artillery.

In a statement carried by Russian news agencies, Azerbaijan said the military operation had destroyed “troops, military objects and equipment of the Armenian armed forces” near the border as well as deeper inside the country. It said it destroyed 12 short-range antiaircraft installations in Armenia.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed three tanks and shot down two helicopters, Reuters reported.

In past flare-ups, both sides have exaggerated their successes and the scale of their enemies’ violations of cease-fire agreements, though the potential for a wider war has always been clear. The Karabakh region maintains a system to call up nearly its entire male population as minutemen, and this mobilization was announced Sunday morning.

Fighting in and around the Karabakh region, which Armenia calls Artsakh, was among the most vicious of the early post-Soviet conflicts. A cease-fire was declared in 1994, but violence has often flared up since.

Moscow sells weapons to both sides and has also brokered cease-fire agreements. Russia has a military base in Armenia. The Armenian diaspora in France and the United States has aided the Karabakh region, including financing construction of a strategic mountain-access road.