Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia enters fourth day.
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Heavy fighting was again reported between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, marking the fourth day of fighting. Both countries are blaming each other of firing directly into each other’s territory.
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan rejected peace talks to de-escalate the situation, as the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev announced it on Russian state television. The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the same thing to the same station. Both want to continue to fight for the region.
Azerbaijan Defense Ministry said that Armenian forces started artillery strikes on the town of Tartar, damaging civilian infrastructure and wounding civilians. Armenian Defense Ministry said the Azerbaijani forces started bombing several positions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, North of the region. Several footage released by both countries shows several military tanks , vehicles and radars being destroyed. The Nagorno-Karabakh defense military announced that it lost 84 soldiers.
According to Azerbaijan, their army managed to destroy an S-300 air defense system, 130 tanks and more than 200 artillery pieces. Azerbaijan also said that they managed to kill or wound up to 2,300 Armenian soldiers. Armenia claim that they have lost only 16 soldiers.
The conflict escalated on Tuesday, when Armenia announced that an Armenian SU-25 plane was gunned down by a Turkish F-16. Armenia said that their SU-25 jet was flying in Armenian airspace and the Turkish fighter jet flew from Ganca airbase in Azerbaijan. Both Azerbaijan and Turkey denied this. The aid of Azerbaijani President, Hikmat Hajiyev said on Wednesday that what actually happened was that two SU-25 jets crashed into a mountain, rather than an F-16 downing one of the jets.
‘We have identified that two SU-25 took off from the territory of Armenia, and they lost their direction. They hit themselves on the mountains and they destroyed themselves.’ Mr. Hajiyev said to reports via teleconference.
French President Emmanuel Macron urged for talks between the Minsk group, which is made up of three countries; France, Russia and United States, to stop further bloodshed. President Macron said that he will talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump,
I will speak to President (Vladimir) Putin tonight and, I think, President (Donald) Trump tomorrow to discuss and propose an exit strategy.’
France also criticized Turkey for being ‘reckless and dangerous’, in light of Turkey recent announcement, that they will aid Azerbaijan, with their military if they need to. France believes that Turkish’s announcement of military support, encourages Azerbaijan to recapture Nagorno-Karabakh region.