Russia has made a fresh appeal to Armenia and Azerbaijan to respect a badly fraying ceasefire in the breakaway South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, with both sides blaming each other for fresh attacks, including on civilians.
The truce was supposed to come into force last Saturday but appears to be failing, with the defence ministry in Nagorno-Karabakh – a territory inside Azerbaijan but governed by ethnic Armenians – accusing Azeri forces of launching artillery and rocket attacks in several areas, and claiming to have shot down an Azeri Su-25 fighter jet, though Azerbaijan denies this.
Baku has in turn accused Armenian forces of attacking Azeri army positions on the ceasefire line that divides the two sides and says several regions inside Azerbaijan have taken artillery fire, resulting in one new civilian death and several wounded, including Azeri journalists.
Both sides have denied breaking the ceasefire, though not unequivocally. Azerbaijan said on Wednesday it reserved the right to hit any military installations that targeted civilians and to repel movements into its territory.