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Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse one yet any other of violating recent ceasefire agreement

YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) – Armenia and Azerbaijan accused one yet any other on Sunday of violating a recent humanitarian ceasefire in combating over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after it used to be agreed.

The truce agreed on Saturday came into power within the ineffective of night (2000 GMT) after a week-historical Russian-brokered ceasefire did no longer terminate the worst combating within the South Caucasus since the 1990s.

The Armenian defence ministry acknowledged the Azeri military had fired twice all via the night and fashioned artillery.

The Azeri defence ministry acknowledged: “The enemy fired on the vicinity of the Jabrail metropolis, as neatly because the villages of this draw … using mortars and artillery”. It added that the Azeri military “took ample retaliatory measures”.

Officers in Nagorno-Karabakh acknowledged Azeri forces had launched an attack on the enclave’s protection power positions and there had been casualties and wounded on all sides.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountain territory that is internationally recognised as section of Azerbaijan nonetheless populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

The ceasefire earlier this month used to be geared toward letting the sides swap detainees and bodies of those killed within the clashes, nonetheless it had little affect on the combating spherical the enclave.

The recent truce used to be launched on Saturday after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talked to his Armenian and Azeri counterparts by cell telephone and called on sides to peep the truce that he mediated a week within the past.

Russia, France and the usa belong to the Minsk Community, which has attempted to back salvage to the backside of the struggle beneath the umbrella of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Baku acknowledged on Saturday that 60 Azeri civilians had been killed and 270 wounded since the combating flared on Sept. 27. It has no longer disclosed its protection power casualties.

Nagorno-Karabakh says 633 of its protection power personnel were killed, and 36 civilians.

(Writing by Margarita Antidze; Editing by David Goodman and Frances Kerry)

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