Struggling between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists at Nagorno-Karabakh continued into a third day on Tuesday amid Global appeals for a ceasefire.
Azerbaijan as well as the forces of the separatist enclave – endorsed politically, militarily, and economically by Armenia – have been engaged from the deadliest flare-up of violence because of 2016.
Armenia’s defense ministry said on Tuesday that the separatists had ruined 49 drones, four tanks, 80 tanks, a military airplane, and 82 Azerbaijani army vehicles since Sunday, also stated they’d inflicted”heavy casualties”.
The Armenian-backed Nagorno-Karabakh police say they’ve recovered spots lost the day before, which Azerbaijan resisted, asserting to have made additional progress and ruined “an Armenian motorized pillar along with an artillery unit”.
For its part, the Azerbaijani defense ministry stated that”fierce fighting” lasted until Tuesday morning and its forces had”destroyed four enemy tanks, an armored vehicle and murdered ten soldiers.
The reported death toll from the fighting stood 95 on Tuesday, based on reports from AFP, including 11 civilians: nine in Azerbaijan and 2 on the side. The actual toll could be much higher, with both sides claiming to have murdered hundreds of enemy soldiers.
The former Soviet countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a bloody war within the mountainous area of Nagorno-Karabakh from the early 1990s.
Thousands were killed on either side. Thousands and thousands of people were homeless.
The fighting has generated global concern, together with Russia, France, and the United States – the three mediators from the Minsk Group – calling for an immediate ceasefire.
The UN, Germany, Turkey, and the UK also have joined calls for the cessation of hostilities.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, along with also the prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, by telephone, urging both to devote an immediate ceasefire and also to return to the negotiating table, government spokesman Steffan Seibert supported on Twitter on Tuesday.
In a joint announcement, the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne stated: “Canada and the UK are profoundly worried by reports of large scale military actions across the Line of Touch at the Nagorno-Karabakh battle zone.
We call for the immediate ending of hostilities, respect for the ceasefire agreement, as well as the security of civilians.”
On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Armenia to finish the”job of Nagorny Karabakh” and guaranteed that Ankara would stay”in the negative” of Azerbaijan” by all means”.
Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh accuse Ankara of providing weapons, “military experts”, drone pilots, and aircraft to Baku, which Azerbaijan denies.
But, it stays closer to Armenia, which belongs to some Moscow-dominated army alliance.