December 15, 2020 : Azerbaijan and Armenia have clashed for the first time this weekend since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh war. According to a report published on the BBC, the army had laid siege to two hill villages where Armenian fighters had camped. However, Russian peacekeepers arrived and took control of the situation. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says four of its soldiers were killed in the clashes. On the other hand, the Armenian side said that six of its fighters were wounded in the operation in Azerbaijan.
Where did the clash take place?
The clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia took place in two villages in the southern part of Nagorno-Karabakh. In the Azeri language these villages are called Chailakkala and Kyona Takhlar, while in the Armenian dialect it is called Khatsaberd and Khin Takher.
When the war between the two countries ended on November 10, a detachment of Armenian troops was stationed in the two villages. But the surrounding area is either a deserted mountain or an area controlled by the Azeri army.
Chailakkala is a hilly roadside village passing through these areas and Kyona Takhalar is the nearest village. Both east and west ends of the road are now under Azerbaijan’s control.
Russian peacekeepers –
A small group of Russian peacekeepers arrived in the village over the weekend and calmed the situation. Currently it is viewed only temporarily. Armenia’s defense ministry on Saturday called Azerbaijan’s action an “attempted attack.”
Earlier on Friday, the Nagorno-Karabakh Ministry of Defense (which has not been recognized) said three members of the Karabakh Defense Army had been injured in clashes with Azerbaijan. Russia’s Defense Ministry has confirmed that peacekeepers have been informed of a December 11 ceasefire violation in the Hadarut region.
A statement from Russia’s peacekeeping headquarters said: “There have been reports of small arms fire in the Hadarut area. Both sides have called for a full ceasefire. ”
The situation in Karabakh –
However, the Russian side said in a statement that the December 11 shooting in the Hadarut area was the only ceasefire. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has expressed concern over the situation in Karabakh, although the situation is normal.
On Saturday evening, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry accused Armenia of inciting violence and said it was adhering to a ceasefire in Karabakh. Agency