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Clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia separatists leave at least 23 dead

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In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP

In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP
A still image from a video released by the Armenian Defence Ministry shows what is said to be Azerbaijani armoured vehicles, one of which is destroyed by Armenian armed forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in this still image from footage released on September 27, 2020. — Reuters

A still image from a video released by the Armenian Defence Ministry shows what is said to be Azerbaijani armoured vehicles, one of which is destroyed by Armenian armed forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in this still image from footage released on September 27, 2020. — Reuters
In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP

In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP
In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP

In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP
A still image from a video released by the Armenian Defence Ministry shows what is said to be Azerbaijani armoured vehicles, one of which is destroyed by Armenian armed forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in this still image from footage released on September 27, 2020. — Reuters

A still image from a video released by the Armenian Defence Ministry shows what is said to be Azerbaijani armoured vehicles, one of which is destroyed by Armenian armed forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in this still image from footage released on September 27, 2020. — Reuters
In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP

In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP
In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP

In this image taken from footage released by Armenian Defence Ministry on Sept 27, Armenian forces destroy Azerbaijani military vehicle at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. — AP



Arch foes Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday accused each other of initiating deadly clashes that claimed at least 23 lives over a decades-long territorial dispute and threatened to draw in regional powers Russia and Turkey.
The worst clashes since 2016 have raised the spectre of a fresh war between long-standing rivals Azerbaijan and Armenia which have been locked for decades in a territorial dispute over the Armenia-backed breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh.
Sixteen Armenian separatist fighters were killed and more than 100 wounded in fighting, rebel officials said.
Both sides also reported casualties including at least one Armenian woman and child. Baku said that an Azerbaijani family of five were killed in shelling launched by Armenian separatists.
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A major confrontation between Muslim Azerbaijan and majority Christian Armenia threatened to embroil regional players Moscow and Ankara and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on global powers to prevent Turkey from getting involved in the conflict.
“We are on the brink of a full-scale war in the South Caucasus,” Pashinyan warned.
Azerbaijan's “authoritarian regime has once again declared war on the Armenian people”, he added.
France, Germany and the European Union swiftly urged an “immediate ceasefire,” while Pope Francis prayed for peace.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the military flareup with Pashinyan and called for “an end to hostilities”.
“The Russian side expressed serious concern over the resumption of large-scale clashes,” the Kremlin said.
But Azerbaijan's ally Turkey blamed Yerevan for the flare-up and promised Baku its “full support”.
“The Turkish people will support our Azerbaijani brothers with all our means as always,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted.
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Azerbaijan accused Armenian forces of violating a ceasefire, saying it had launched a counter-offensive to “ensure the safety of the population”, using tanks, artillery missiles, combat aviation and drones.
Azerbaijan imposed martial law and a curfew in large cities and said it had captured from Armenian rebels a strategic mountain that helps control transport communications between Yerevan and the Armenian-held enclave.
'Sacred homeland'
In a televised address to the nation earlier on Sunday, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev vowed victory over Armenian forces.
“Our cause is just and we will win,” he said, echoing a famous quote from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's address at the outbreak of World War II in Russia.
“Karabakh is Azerbaijan,” he said.
Both Armenia and Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilisation.
“Get ready to defend our sacred homeland,” Pashinyan said on Facebook.
Armenia said that Azerbaijan attacked civilian settlements in Nagorny Karabakh including the main city Stepanakert.
Pashinyan's wife, Anna Hakobyan, said that she had travelled to a hospital in Stepanakert to be with her Karabakh “brothers and sisters”.
Azerbaijan's foreign ministry said there were reports of dead and wounded.
“Extensive damage has been inflicted on many homes and civilian infrastructure,” it said.
Karabakh's rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan pointed to “civilian casualties,” while Armenia said a woman and child were killed.
'War is resuming'
Ethnic Armenian separatists seized the Nagorny Karabakh region from Baku in a 1990s war that claimed 30,000 lives.
Talks to resolve one of the worst conflicts to emerge from the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union have been largely stalled since a 1994 ceasefire agreement.
France, Russia and the United States have mediated peace efforts as the “Minsk Group” but the last big push for a peace deal collapsed in 2010.
Pope Francis told crowds on Saint Peter's Square he was praying for peace and called for “concrete gestures of good will and fraternity” from the warring sides.
Political observers said global powers should intensify talks to stop the conflict.
“We are a step away from a large-scale war,” Olesya Vartanyan of the International Crisis Group told AFP.
“One of the main reasons for the current escalation is a lack of any proactive international mediation between the sides for weeks,” she added.
“War is resuming. Time for Russia, France and US, individually and jointly, to stop it,” tweeted Dmitry Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.
'Turkish mercenaries'
Karabakh separatist leader, Arayik Harutyunyan, accused Ankara of sending mercenaries to Azerbaijan.
On Sunday morning, Azerbaijan started “active bombing” along Karabakh's frontline including civilian targets and in Stepanakert, Karabakh's presidency said.
The rebel defence ministry said its troops shot down four Azerbaijani helicopters and 15 drones, while Baku denied the claim.
In July, heavy clashes along the two countries' shared border — hundreds of kilometres from Karabakh — claimed the lives of at least 17 soldiers from both sides.
Raising the stakes, Azerbaijan at the time threatened to strike Armenia's atomic power station if Yerevan attacked strategic facilities.
During the worst recent clashes in April 2016, around 110 people were killed.
 

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Raising the stakes, Azerbaijan at the time threatened to strike Armenia's atomic power station if Yerevan attacked strategic facilities.
During the worst recent clashes in April 2016, around 110 people were killed.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Nuclear_Power_Plant

I dont think they dare, it's in the Turkish border, and radiation know no borders.

If Armenia have a nuclear power plant, they can build a nuke, blow up Baku, and steal their oil later, to pay the war.

:lol:

Nobody will threat them after that.
 

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Well disputed territory is controlled by armenia but is not internationally disputed and belongs to azerbijan but people are more armenians.

Either azerbijan has to concede the area to armenia or take it by force. Dont see any sense in negotiations..
 

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Azeri population is 5x then armenia, they have turkish support and area is mostly unpopulated with mere pop of just around 100,000..

They should seize this opptunrity IMO
 

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I can't imagine Germany supporting a war against Jewish people, due to obvious historic reasons.

But Turkey is supporting a war against Armenian people, they have no shame, they should SHUT UP and hands off from this issue, due to historic reasons (Armenian Genocide).
 

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Well disputed territory is controlled by armenia but is not internationally disputed and belongs to azerbijan but people are more armenians.

Either azerbijan has to concede the area to armenia or take it by force. Dont see any sense in negotiations..
I was kinda surprised Armenia controls the outside area if the main disputed region it’s Azerbaijan land. Azerbaijan needs to bull rush with calling up reservists and secure the area and choke the disputed territory into submission by cutting of Armenian supply routes.
 

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Azeri population is 5x then armenia, they have turkish support and area is mostly unpopulated with mere pop of just around 100,000..

They should seize this opptunrity IMO
Yep

Azerbaijan needs to go for it, what's talks going to get them


It's not like they are attacking Armenia
 

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The Turkish UAVs are in action on the Armenian gadgets!!! They're changing the balance favoring the Azeris!! Welcome to brave new world of wars having novel doctrines with UAVs of all sorts.....

 

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Armenia can easily cut Nakhichivan Azerbaijan enclave from Azerbaijan for ever if war breaks out...... logistically it's impossible for Azerbaijan to save it incase of war with Armenia......
 

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Azeri population is 5x then armenia, they have turkish support and area is mostly unpopulated with mere pop of just around 100,000..

They should seize this opptunrity IMO
Size is not always everything. Else Israel wouldn't have defeated and humbled all its far bigger neighbours, and despite its size it's the world's 7th largest military exporter, punching way above its weight, a county of barely 8 million people(the size of a small/medium city in Pakistan/India/Bengladesh). So size is not always everything, human resource , skills, knowledge, innovation, education, discipline, governance, effective working system etc etc is the most important.
 

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