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Over the dispute of #Nagorna– Karabath, #Armeniaand #Azerbaijan have been in an utter state of disagreement due to the ethnic and territorial conflict between them. On Sunday 28 of September heavy brawl between Azerbaijan and Armenian forces have taken place at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabath. The neighboring Soviet Republics have been at a constant discord with one another and are currently blaming each other for initiating this attack. At least 23 people were killed and more than 100 people were wounded in the fight.

According to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement: “The need for an early cease-fire and stabilization of the situation on the line of contact [between the countries] was stressed.”

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Source:CNN – A photo released by the Armenian Defense Ministry appears to show an Azerbaijani tank being destroyed on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on this Facebook at 08:39 GMT

Get ready to defend our sacred homeland” to which he later added, “The government has decided to declare martial law and a total mobilization”.

A few minutes later, the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at 08:55 GMT gave a televised address in which he said “there are losses among the Azerbaijani forces and the civilian population as a result of the Armenian bombardment” he later added “Our cause is just and we will win.” To which Aliyev also added the famous quote, “[The] Azerbaijani army is fighting on its territory.” Which the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had spoken when he addressed at the outbreak of World War II in Russia. 

In the meantime, the Nagarno-Karabath’s leader, Araik Harutyunyan at 09:06 GMT accused the Turkish Government for their involvement in the attack. “We have information that mercenaries from Turkey and other countries were airlifted to Azerbaijan,” he said. 

Armenia also claimed that two Azerbaijani helicopters were shot down and three Azerbaijani tanks were hit by artillery, but Azerbaijan’s defense ministry rejected that claim.

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A Brief History of the Warfare. (1988-2020)

The current conflict began in the year 1998 when the Armenians demanded that Karabakh should be from Azerbaijan to Soviet Armenia. Which was the reason this dispute had escalated to a full scale war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. The ceasefire signed in 1994, after which there was stability between the two for almost two decades. Soon in April 16, the four day war or the April war began.  This war (Nagorno-Karabath War 1988-1984) is also called Artsakh Liberation War in Armenia

After the ceasefire of 1994 (also known as the Nagorno-Karabakh War) there were Mardakert clashes in 2008 which began on March 4 after the Armenian election protests of 2008. The Armenian sources accused Azerbaijan of attempting to take advantage of their own going events. And Azerbaijan sources blamed Armenia that they were diverting the public using Azerbaijan’s name from their internal tensions which were arising in Armenia.  After this incident, the United Nation General Assembly adopted Resolution 62/243 which demanded the Armenian forces to withdraw their forces from the territory they had occupied in Azerbaijan. 282 soldiers and 9 civilians have died on both sides due to this conflict only in the time frame of 2008-2015. The Four Day war which took place in the year 2016 was one of the deadliest that had ever taken place (until 2017) where 108 – 112 Armenian soldiers and 9 civilians were dead. And 109 Azerbaijani soldiers and 6 civilians were dead.   

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