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Azerbaijan reports soldier killed by fire from Armenian side

May 17, 12:49 UTC+3 BAKU
A soldier of Azerbaijan’s forces was killed as Armenia’s forces violated ceasefire in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict — Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry
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BAKU, May 17. /TASS/. A soldier of Azerbaijan’s forces was killed as Armenia’s forces violated ceasefire in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

"On May 17, a serviceman of Azerbaijan’s army died as a result of violation of ceasefire regime by Armenia’s armed forces on the contact line of forces," the ministry said.

Azerbaijan retaliated by "destroying living force from the opposite side."

The situation along the contact line of conflicting sides in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan, deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2 when fierce clashes began. The parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the truce. At a meeting of chiefs of General Staff of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Moscow an agreement was reached on the ceasefire from noon local time (0800GMT) on April 5. Since then, the sides have reported ceasefire violations along the contact line.

The participants of talks on Nagorno-Karabakh in Vienna on Monday involving the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia and mediated by the foreign ministers from the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries (Russia, the United States and France) agreed to observe ceasefire in the region in compliance with the 1994-1995 accords. The parties to the conflict also agreed to complete as soon as possible the work on the OSCE tool on investigating incidents on the contact line.

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