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Oct 14, 2020
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Armenian Defense Ministry announces “heaviest battle” in Karabakh conflict

Representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry Artsrun Hovhannisyan stated that on October 13 the fighting in the northern direction of the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh was one of the "most difficult" since the next escalation of the conflict. Hovhannisyan wrote about this on Facebook.

According to him, in the north, Azerbaijani troops launched an offensive using armored vehicles after shelling. However, they were stopped by "the efforts of soldiers, reservists and militias." After that, Hovhannisyan said, Azeri sabotage groups were spotted in settlements where they penetrated, "to take pictures at various buildings, and then present them as administration buildings."

The fighting on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh has been going on since September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of escalating the long-term conflict.

On October 9, Moscow hosted negotiations between the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, following which a truce was declared in Nagorno-Karabakh from 12:00 on October 10 "for humanitarian purposes for the exchange of prisoners and bodies of the dead." However, later Baku and Yerevan began to accuse each other of violating the ceasefire.

At a meeting with a colleague from Armenia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that the armistice agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh is not being fully observed, and the fighting continues.

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