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Shelling, Missile Fire Ahead Of Ceasefire Between Armenia And Azerbaijan


Armenian and Azerbaijani forces accused one another of bombing civilian areas on Saturday morning forward of a ceasefire agreed to finish practically two weeks of heavy combating over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area.

The area‘s ombudsman Artak Beglaryan mentioned Azerbaijan had fired missiles on civilian areas of its essential metropolis Stepanakert, which has been underneath common rocket and artillery fireplace.

“Baku makes use of the identical fashion of #WarCrimes by the final second,” Artak Beglaryan mentioned on Twitter, including that there was no info but on casualties.

An AFP journalist within the metropolis reported listening to two explosions within the morning, after Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to the ceasefire from midday Saturday (0800 GMT).

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry mentioned Armenian forces have been shelling civilian areas of the nation.

“Armenian armed forces are intensively shelling populated areas in Geranboy, Terter, Agdam, Agjaberdi, and Fizuli districts. Azerbaijan is taking reciprocal measures,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to the ceasefire within the early hours of Saturday, after 11 hours of Russian-mediated talks in Moscow.

The bitter combating within the Caucasus area has claimed tons of of lives, compelled hundreds to flee, and stirred fears of a full-blown battle that might suck in regional powers Turkey and Russia.

Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned the 2 sides had agreed on the talks to start “substantive negotiations” to finish the battle over Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan throughout a battle within the 1990s that claimed some 30,000 lives.

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