Armenia hit Azerbaijani territory with a ballistic missile – sources [video, unconfirmed]
YEREVAN, (BM) – According to unconfirmed information, based on allegations from local sources and a circulated video, the Armenian military fired missiles at Azerbaijani territory using an Elbrus ballistic missile, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned. BulgariaMilitary.com does not officially confirm the truth of the information due to serious omissions and missing basic data in its distribution.
The circulated video confirms the class and model of the ballistic missile, but it is not clear from the video when it was fired, where it was fired from, by whom it was fired, and whether this launch is part of the current military action or an exercise. Sources in Armenia claim that this is the first official launch of one of the many available Armenian R-17 Elbrus ballistic missiles aimed directly at a specific target in Azerbaijan.
As we reported, neither Yerevan nor Baku are currently confirming such information, but confirmation (possibly) may arrive several hours late. There are also no secondary reports from the Azerbaijani side about any interception of a rocket fired. This is not the first time Yerevan sources have claimed that Armenia is actively using ballistic missiles to wage hostilities with Azerbaijan. We remind you that a few days ago ballistic missiles hit the second largest city in Azerbaijan – Ganja, around which is located the largest military airport in the country.
What we know so far is that during the night and early this morning, intense hostilities continued. Sources in Nagorno-Karabakh report Azerbaijani airstrikes, most likely from drones. The Nagorno-Karabakh army says it has lost 26 soldiers in one day, and Armenia continues to accuse Azerbaijan of continuing hostilities despite a ceasefire agreement.
The ceasefire agreement was drafted with the help of the Russian Federation and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, with Russia acting as a mediator in the Baku-Yerevan talks. The agreement was signed today [October 10 – ed.] In Moscow and states that the fire must be stopped today at noon.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.
In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.
The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.
At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.
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