Armenia says 49 soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

After a rapid escalation in hostilities that caused major powers to plead for caution, Armenia said on Tuesday that at least 49 of its soldiers had been killed in skirmishes along the border with Azerbaijan.

In the early hours of Tuesday, Armenia said that numerous towns close to the Azerbaijani border, including Jermuk, Goris, and Kapan, were being shelled. It claimed that this was in retaliation for what it called a "large-scale provocation" by Azerbaijan.

According to Baku, Armenia assaulted it.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijan of targeting Armenian towns because it did not want to talk about the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, an area that is inside Azerbaijan but predominantly populated by ethnic Armenians.

According to Russian media, Pashinyan stated in an address to the parliament that "the intensity of hostilities has diminished but attacks on one or two fronts from Azerbaijan continue."

Fears that, in addition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a second full-fledged war could break out in the post-Soviet world have increased as a result of the most recent intensification of long-running tensions between the two south Caucasus nations.

According to Azerbaijan, Armenia attacked its military installations while conducting intelligence operations along the border and transporting weaponry. A ceasefire deal was reportedly violated nearly immediately after it was put into effect early on Tuesday, according to Azerbaijani media.

"There can be no military solution to the issue, as we have long made clear," the U.S. In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. "We demand an immediate cessation of all military hostilities."

Through the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, which Yerevan is a member of, Russia, a major player in the region and an ally of Yerevan, while Turkey supports Azerbaijan.

As part of an agreement to terminate six weeks of fighting between the parties, which saw Azerbaijan make major territory gains in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia dispatched thousands of peacekeepers to the area in 2020.

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