Baku: The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry accused the Armenian Armed Forces of shelling the Tartar district, located near the combat zone in the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“On October 28, at 07:30 a.m., the Armenian Armed Forces shelled the territory of the Tartar district,” the ministry said.
The fighting on the contact line in Karabakh began on September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of unleashing hostilities, Karabakh reports artillery shelling of peaceful settlements of the unrecognized republic, including its capital, Stepanakert. Armenia has declared martial law and – for the first time – general mobilization, claiming that Ankara is actively supporting Baku. Partial mobilization was introduced in Azerbaijan.
The leaders of Russia, the United States and France called on the opposing sides to end the clashes and to commit themselves to begin negotiations without preconditions.
On October 9, the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia arrived in Moscow at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They held talks jointly for over 10 hours.
As a result, Yerevan and Baku agreed to cease fire in Karabakh from noon October 10, to exchange prisoners and dead bodies, and also to additionally agree on specific details of the truce. However, already on October 10 the sides began to accuse each other of ceasefire violations.
The second attempt to organize a humanitarian ceasefire was made overnight to October 18, however, just a few hours after the ceasefire came into force, Armenia and Azerbaijan said the other side was not complying with it.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. During armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and its adjacent areas. Since 1992, talks have been on-going on peaceful settlement of the conflict with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group, led by Russia, the United States and France.
The US State Department earlier said that a humanitarian ceasefire was achieved from 0400 GMT on October 26, but even after that the sides accused each other of failing to comply with it.