Armenian artillery position of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, 03 April 2016. (Photo Credit: TASS)

Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan have escalated since Sunday, with the sides accusing each other of being responsible for the aggression along the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The armed forces of the unrecognised Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh have downed an Azerbaijani plane and a helicopter, the Armenian Defence Ministry said.

“The divisions of Armenia’s air defence in Karabakh shot down” the said vehicles in the south and south-east of the contested region, the press secretary for Armenia’s Defence Ministry, Shushan Stapanyan, wrote on Facebook. She claimed the helicopter fell on territory controlled by the Karabakh armed forces.

Earlier, the Karabakh Defence Ministry claimed on Facebook that its forces had downed an Azerbaijani military helicopter that crashed in Iran near Varazatumb in the southern part of the Artsakh-Azerbaijan conflict zone.

Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry has since brushed off the claim that its helicopter crashed after being hit by enemy forces, dismissing it as a lie. It said the same regarding the media reports about a plane allegedly being downed by Armenian forces.

Source: Sputnik, October 1st, 2020