Azerbaijan dealt a targeted blow to the Armenian army: Transcaucasia: Former USSR: Lenta.ru

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The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan dealt a targeted blow to the stronghold of the Armenian army. It is reported RIA Novosti with reference to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.

According to the agency, on the night of July 13, a tense situation continued at the border.

Earlier, the Azerbaijani authorities blamed Armenia in shelling a peaceful village of 120 mm mortars. It was also reported that Armenian soldiers fired on the village of Agdam in the Tovuz region.

July 12 Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan stated about a shootout on the border with Armenia. According to the Azerbaijani side, the fighting began after units of the Armed Forces of Armenia fired at positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces from artillery installations.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at war since 1992. The cause of the conflict was the proclamation of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, populated mainly by ethnic Armenians, its independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. Baku tried to regain the region under its control by force, but failed. Armenia, which initially denied direct involvement in the conflict, soon deployed regular troops.

In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol with the mediation of Russia. This did not stop the hostilities, which periodically resume. The most serious exacerbation was the four-day war of 2016, when hundreds of soldiers from both sides died.

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