Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on September 14 of carrying out new attacks, in the aftermath of the worst violence between the two countries since the 2020 war for the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
On September 14, Baku and Yerevan accused each other of new attacks, the day after violent clashes at the borders of the two countries. In total, these fights would have caused at least 150 deaths. Russia had announced the conclusion of a ceasefire on the morning of September 13, but the two camps now accuse each other of having violated it.
The Armenian Defense Ministry claimed that Baku “resumed its attacks with artillery, mortars and large-caliber weapons in the areas of Jermuk, Verin Chorja”. For its part, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense claimed on the morning of September 14 that the Armenian forces had violated the ceasefire and “during the night shelled our positions in the areas of Kelbajar and Lachin with mortars and artillery”.
Armenia and Azerbaijan, two rival ex-Soviet republics in the Caucasus, have fought each other in two wars over the past three decades. The last conflict, in 2020, had consecrated the capture by Azerbaijan of part of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The new fighting illustrates how the situation remains explosive in this area, but also on the official border between the two countries.
Armenia called on the international community to react, while the European Union, the United States, France, Russia, Iran and Turkey all expressed serious concern and called for an end to the violence.
Baku offers Yerevan to hand over the bodies of 100 fallen Armenian soldiers
Azerbaijan offered on September 14 to Armenia to hand over the bodies of 100 Armenian soldiers killed in the fighting in recent days. “Azerbaijan calls on Armenia to a ceasefire and is ready to unilaterally hand over the bodies of 100 Armenian soldiers,” the Azerbaijani State Commission for Prisoners of War said in a statement.
At least 105 Armenian soldiers have been killed since the night of September 12 in clashes with Azerbaijan, according to a new report communicated on September 14 by the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinian. “According to updated data, on this date, the death of 105 servicemen of the Armenian Armed Forces is confirmed,” Nikol Pashinyan told the Armenian Parliament.
Historically complicated, relations between Yerevan and Baku continue to be poisoned by their dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian-populated territory that declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 with the support of Yerevan, but which is currently not recognized by any UN member state. After a first war that killed more than 30,000 people in the early 1990s, Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed again in the fall of 2020 for control of this mountainous region. More than 6,500 people were killed in this new war, lost by the Armenians.