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A new military escalation around Karabakh

This morning, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of launching an attack on Karabakh, while Baku talked about the exposure of its lands on the contact line to bombing Armenians.

Pashnyan wrote this morning on “Facebook”: “The enemy started an attack towards Karabakh. The army is successfully controlling the situation.”

A spokesman for the President of the unrecognized Republic of Karabakh said that the capital of the region, Stepanakert, was bombed by the Azerbaijani forces.

The Armenian Ministry of Defense said that its forces shot down two Azerbaijani helicopters and three drones, blaming the leadership of Azerbaijan with “full responsibility” for what happened.

The Armenian defense added at a later time that Azerbaijan lost three tanks, and it is also likely to suffer losses.

For its part, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense stated that Armenia launched intensive bombardment of Azerbaijani army positions and towns near the line of contact, noting that civilians were killed and wounded.

The Azerbaijani defense added that the army is taking “response measures” and that the operational situation is under control.

The Azerbaijani defense said later that its forces were carrying out a “counter-attack” on the contact line in Karabakh, and that they had destroyed 12 anti-aircraft systems of the Armenian Air Force.

The ministry confirmed the fact that an Azerbaijani air force helicopter was shot down in Karabakh, adding that its crew members are alive.

These developments come after two months of a military escalation in the border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan in mid-July, with the two parties exchanging accusations of causing it.

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