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Azerbaijan reports on Armenian forces' ceasefire violations in Karabakh

April 27, 2016, 9:34 UTC+3 BAKU

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry claims Armenian forces have violated ceasefire regime in Nagorno-Karabakh 120 times over the past 24 hours

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BAKU, April 27. /TASS/. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry claima that Armenian forces violated ceasefire regime in Nagorno-Karabakh 120 times over the past 24 hours.

According to the ministry, they used mortars of 82mm and 120mm caliber, heavy machine guns and artillery systems. The statement also claims that Armenian forces opened fire at positions of the Azerbaijani army in settlements and heights along the border between the two countries in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The defense ministry noted that Armenian forces shelled settlements in the Tertersky district, near the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh, from howitzers of 122mm and 152mm caliber, as well as from BM-21 multiple rocket launcher systems. "Azerbaijani Armed Forces delivered response fire only at military facilities of the enemy," the ministry added.

On Saturday, April 2, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh rapidly deteriorated when the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the front line. The claims came from defense authorities of Armenia and of Azerbaijan.

On April 5 Azerbaijan’s Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Nadjmeddin Sadykov and his Armenian counterpart Col. Gen. Yury Khachaturov in Moscow with Russia’s mediation. At the talks the sides reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities at the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. On the same day, the defense ministries of the two countries announced that the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh would start at 12am local time.

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