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7 Azeri soldiers killed at contact line in ceasefire violation attempt

7 Azeri soldiers killed at contact line in ceasefire violation attempt

PanARMENIAN.Net - Over 80 instances of ceasefire violation by Azerbaijani troops were reported at the line of contact with the Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) armed forces on the night of March 6.

Azerbaijan fired 4500 shots from various caliber weapons, including type 60- and 80-mm grenade launchers, Istigal sniper rifles, machine guns, towards the Artsakh positions, the NKR defense army reports. The Azeri Armed Forces used a ZSU-23-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun in the northern Shahmyan sector.

The Karabakh frontline units took steps to suppress the Azeri activity, disabling 3 rival soldiers and the ZSU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun.

In the same period, Karabakh defence army units were performing preventive operations in the north-eastern section of the line of contact. According to verified data, four servicemen of an Azeri special-purpose unit who entered the operating zone were exterminated, with no losses on Armenian side reported.

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing launched by the Azeri authorities in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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