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Live updates: Third day of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh

29 September 2020

Major fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh is continuing for the third day.

The biggest developments from yesterday and last night:

[Read the full coverage of events as they happened: Sunday and Monday]

 For ease of reading, we choose not to use qualifiers such as ‘de facto’, ‘unrecognised’, or ‘partially recognised’ when discussing institutions or political positions within Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and South Ossetia. This does not imply a position on their status.

29 Sep 2020, 22:16

Unless any major developments occur, we are ending our live-coverage for today. We will be back with more updates tomorrow morning.

29 Sep 2020, 19:08

Zhirinovsky floats idea of Russian annexation of Nagorno-Karabakh 

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of Russia’s far-right Liberal Democratic Party, known for his flamboyant and inflammatory rhetoric, suggested 'including Nagorno-Karabakh into Russian Federation' as one of the options to solve the conflict, Russian state-run news agency Regnum reported today. 

‘In this case, both Azerbaijanis and Armenians would calm down', he reportedly said today. 

As an alternative solution, Zhirinovsky also suggested annexing both Armenia and Azerbaijan into the Russian Federation.

29 Sep 2020, 19:06

Amnesty International concerned at Azerbaijan internet block 

Amnesty International has released a statement expressing concern about internet access being cut in Azerbaijan, which Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications justified as being to prevent ‘provocations’. 

‘This would be a disproportionate measure and violate the right to freedom of expression’, the statement reads.

‘Even more disturbing is the arbitrary detention of Giyas Ibrahimov in retaliation for his peaceful, anti-war views violating his right to free expression.’

[Read more on OC Media: Anti-war activist detained by Azerbaijani security service]

They also urged all sides to ‘fully respect’ international humanitarian law, ‘particularly the prohibition of direct attacks on civilians and civilian objects, and of indiscriminate attacks’. 

29 Sep 2020, 19:02

War in Nagorno-Karabakh triggers mixed reactions among Georgian minorities

The renewed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh have received a mixed response from Georgia’s ethnic Armenian and Azerbaijani communities.

[Read on OC Media: War in Nagorno-Karabakh triggers mixed reactions among Georgian minorities]

29 Sep 2020, 18:44

Azerbaijan denies that Turkish F-16 shot down Armenian plane

Vagif Dargahli, a spokesperson for Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence, has denied Armenia's claim that a Turkish F-16 shot down an Armenian Su-25 calling it a ‘lie’ and a ‘fantasy’.

29 Sep 2020, 18:33

Azerbaijan reports new total of 12 civilian deaths

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office in Azerbaijan has stated that the total number of deaths among civilians has risen to 12. They have said that the total number of injured civilians is 35. 

29 Sep 2020, 18:04

Armenian MOD: Sukhoi-25 shot down ‘by Turkish F-16’

The Armenian Ministry of Defence has announced that this morning a 'Turkish F-16' violated their airspace and shot down one of their Sukhoi-25 fighter bombers. The pilot did not survive. 

The Armenian MOD had made claims in the past several days that Turkish F-16s had been active in the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani military has denied having F-16s in their arsenal.


29 Sep 2020, 17:01

Secretary Pompeo: both sides need to stop the violence and return to negotiations

While meeting his counterpart Nikos Dendias in Greece, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that both had discussed the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, ‘where both sides need to stop the violence and work with the Minsk Group co-chairs and return to substantive negotiations as quickly as possible’.

The USA co-chairs the OSCE Minsk Group, set up in 1992 to facilitate peaceful solutions to the conflict, together with Russia and France. 

29 Sep 2020, 16:56

Azerbaijan has started to send reservists to the frontline

Azerbaijan’s Mobilization and Conscription Service has announced that buses with reservists are being sent from different structures of the Armed Services throughout Azerbaijan to the frontline. 

29 Sep 2020, 16:46

Putin’s press secretary responds to Turkish FM

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov condemned statements ‘about military support or action’ in the ongoing hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan stating that they ‘add fuel to the flames’.

Peskov was responding to an inquiry over Russia’s possible intention to help Armenia militarily within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). 

‘The Kremlin, above all, is guided by the need for an immediate ceasefire and the end of hostilities', state-run Russian news agency Tass quoted Putin's spokesperson as saying.

Peskov’s comment followed the claim by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who said earlier today that Turkey was ready to ‘support Azerbaijan both at the negotiating table and on the field of battle’.

29 Sep 2020, 16:07

‘Larger calibre’ weapons reportedly employed

The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry has reported that S-300 long-range surface-to-air systems have departed from Yerevan heading to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian Defence Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan earlier accused the Azerbaijani side of using larger, more destructive weapons systems than before.

She said the Armenian side may be forced to employ ‘pieces of equipment and munitions designed to engage wide-area targets, intended for large and indiscriminate destruction of manpower, and static and mobile property alike

29 Sep 2020, 15:07

TASS: Turkey voices support for Azerbaijan in negotiations and ‘on the field of battle’

‘We are ready to support Azerbaijan both at the negotiating table and on the field of battle’, Russian news agency TASS reports the Turkish MFA as stating. 

29 Sep 2020, 15:01

One civilian killed in Vardenis

One civilian was killed in the Vardenis region of Armenia as a result of shelling by Azerbaijani armed forces, Armenia’s Foreign Ministry reports.

29 Sep 2020, 13:06

Armenia reports civilian deaths in Vardenis 

‘Azerbaijani armed forces have fired upon the military and civilian infrastructure of the region (Vardenis) and upon its peaceful population’, a spokesperson for Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has claimed. They have also said that there are deaths among civilians — they did not say how many.

Vardenis is not in Nagorno-Karabakh and is part of the territory of the Republic of Armenia.

29 Sep 2020, 12:46

Azerbaijan claims that Armenian Army killed 10 civilians

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry and Chief Prosecutor’s Office have stated that 10 Azerbaijani civilians have been killed and 30 injured so far. 

Azerbaijan’s Public TV also reported that their car came under fire in Tartar, a district of Azerbaijan located on the frontline with Nagorno-Karabakh.

29 Sep 2020, 12:27

Emergency UN Security Council meeting scheduled for tonight

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session behind closed doors on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh at 1 am on Wednesday. The session was requested by Belgium. 

A spokesperson of German Embassy in Azerbaijan told Azerbaijani Trend News Agency that the session will be ‘informative in nature’. 

29 Sep 2020, 12:08

Azerbaijan reports on start of fighting for Fuzuli 

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence has reported that since the morning hours, fighting has started for the city of Fizuli (Varanda). 

Fizuli has been a ghost town since the war in the 1990s.

29 Sep 2020, 11:19

Armenia: Azerbaijan fires on Vardenis

A civilian bus in Vardenis has been hit by fire from an Azerbaijani UAV, Armenian Defence Ministry spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan wrote in a Facebook post, alongside a photo purportedly showing the burning bus.   

Shortly prior, Armenian Defence Ministry Spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan said that that Azerbaijani forces opened fire on an Armenian military unit also stationed in Vardenis. 

The municipality of Vardenis is outside of Nagorno-Karabakh and is on the territory of the Republic of Armenia.

This morning the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry claimed that Armenia shelled the Dashkesan region with artillery stationed in Vardenis. Armenia has ‘categorically’ denied the accusation. 


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