After two days of fighting, Armenia and Azerbaijan apparently agreed on a ceasefire.
According to Armenian sources, a ceasefire was agreed after two days of fierce fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the southern Caucasus. Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan said on TV in Yerevan that the ceasefire has been in effect since 20:00 local time.
Initially, no confirmation was received from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
No confirmation from Baku at first
The Ministry of Defense of Armenia announced that the bombardment had decreased in the evening hours. According to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, more than 100 Armenians have been killed in clashes since Tuesday night. He said in the parliament that 50 square kilometers of Armenian lands were in the hands of the enemy. The Azerbaijani side said that 54 people were killed in its armed forces.
Despite the apparent ceasefire, the Armenian leadership was put under pressure due to the Azerbaijani attacks. Hours before the ceasefire was declared in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, thousands of people demonstrated against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and accused him of treason.
The trigger was the Prime Minister’s statements that he was ready to recognize the territorial integrity of the neighboring country in a possible future peace agreement with Azerbaijan, provided that the Baku government renounced control of the conquered territories in Armenia. Some opposition lawmakers took Pashinyan’s remarks to parliament Wednesday as a sign that the head of government is willing to make too many concessions in the conflict.
Armenia recently asked the protection force Russia for help.
Armenia sought help from the Russian-led CSTO defense alliance for the offensive. But Moscow’s focus is now on the war of aggression against Ukraine.
The alliance of the former Soviet republics decided only on Tuesday to send an expedition to the conflict zone. It should arrive on Thursday.
Decades of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at war with each other for the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. However, according to Armenian information, the ruin has not been attacked recently, the attacks hit the positions near the cities. Goris, Sotk and Jermuk. These are on the territory of Armenia.
Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan but is inhabited by Armenians. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenian forces took control of the region and occupied a large part of Azerbaijan in a war that lasted from 1992 to 1994.
In 2020, Azerbaijan regained its territory and captured strategically important points in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia, the protective power of the Christian Armenians, is following the ceasefire reached four months later. Since then, the European Union has also made many efforts to resolve the conflict.
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