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Azerbaijani forces violate contact line in Shusha area — Russian Defense Ministry

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have started the engineering equipment of the post, the Russian ministry said

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces have crossed the line of contact in the Shusha area and started engineering work at the post in the breach of the November 2020 agreements; Russian peacekeepers are taking steps to prevent the escalation, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

"On March 25, 2023, in violation of paragraph 1 of the statement of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and the President of the Russian Federation of November 9, 2020, a unit of Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces crossed the line of contact in the Shusha area, seized the height of 2,054.0 (2.9 km northeast of Mount Sarybaba) and commenced engineering equipment of the post," the ministry said.

The defense ministry added that Russian peacekeepers were taking measures to prevent an escalation and to avert any provocations by the conflicting sides.

"The Azerbaijani side was urged to comply with the trilateral agreements <…>, take measures to stop engineering work and pull back the national armed forces to their previous positions," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

According to the ministry, another ceasefire violation was documented in the Martuni area. There were no casualties. Russian peacekeepers are looking into the incident.