Baku says it “liberated” six “occupied” villages from Armenia-allied forces during the skirmishes on Sunday. Azeri troops have also seized several strategically important hilltops outside the border of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azeri Defense Ministry has said, adding that the military action will continue.
The claim was disputed by the Armenian side, which said the statement did not reflect the reality on the ground and was merely “a provocation of the Azeri propaganda.”
The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has been outside of Baku’s control since the late 1980s, with Yerevan providing security assistance and other forms of support to the predominantly Armenian enclave.
Hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed on Sunday morning, with Azerbaijan launching what it described as a “counteroffensive operation” against the breakaway region.
Earlier, Armenia released footage of what it said were Azeri tanks being damaged during the Sunday border clashes, and said at least two Azeri helicopters and three drones have been shot down. Azerbaijan denied taking any casualties during the operation.
Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said numerous civilians have been hurt amid the clashes.
The military of the breakaway region said they had destroyed four of Azerbaijan’s helicopters, 15 drones and 10 tanks as they were repelling the attack on Sunday.
The last flareup in Nagorno-Karabakh happened in July, with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for breaking a ceasefire.