Clashes broke out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, with at least one Azerbaijani helicopter shot down.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Azerbaijan launched an airstrike and heavy artillery attack, while Azerbaijan said it was responding to bombardments all along the front. Both sides have reported civilian deaths, the real victims of this seemingly endless war.
The Armenian Defense Ministry said an attack on civilian settlements, including the regional capital Stepanakert, began at 08:10 local time yesterday.
He confirmed that he shot down two helicopters and three drones and destroyed three tanks. "Our response will be proportionate and Azerbaijan's political-military leadership bears full responsibility for the situation," reads a statement. It was also later learned that a woman and a child were killed and further reports of victims are pending.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan has announced "a counter-offensive operation by our troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and guarantee the safety of the civilian population".
Intensive shelling of several villages has led to the death or injury of civilians and severe damage to infrastructure, his defense ministry said.
He added that a helicopter had been lost but the crew had survived and 12 Armenian air defense systems had been destroyed. He denied other losses reported by Armenia.
The war has been going on, with alternating phases, since the end of the USSR in 1991 with alternating phases. Armenia leans on Russia, with whom it also shares the Christian faith, while Azerbaijan leans on Turkey and the USA for food supplies. From the economic point of view Baku has oil and energy resources that Yerevan dreams of, but these, to reach the West, either go to Russia or to Iran, because the direct transit to the West would have to pass through Armenia. A case in which both would have an interest in collaborating, but, unfortunately, they do not and perhaps never will.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/ci-risiamo-riparte-la-guerra-fra-armeni-ed-azeri-scontri-con-artiglieria-nel-nagorno-karabakh/ on Sun, 27 Sep 2020 09:59:51 +0000.