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The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that one soldier was killed and another injured in an ambush in Khojavend.

The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said its army units were attacked by “an illegal Armenian armed group” in Nagorno-Karabakh, killing one Azerbaijani soldier and injuring another.

The ministry said the attack took place in the Khojavend area on Sunday afternoon and was thwarted, leaving the six attackers dead.

“As a result of the attack, an Azerbaijani army soldier… was killed,” he said on Monday, noting that another soldier was injured but in stable condition.

The Defense Ministry pledged to take “decisive action” if repeated attacks were carried out by Armenian troops.

The statement comes just hours after the Armenian Defense Ministry denied media information about the fighting in the neighboring Hadrut region and declared that ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh were “strictly observing” the ceasefire. fire.

Neither Armenian nor Nagorno-Karabakh officials have so far commented on Azerbaijan’s statement.

Nagorno-Karabakh is in Azerbaijan, but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia, as a war led to a ceasefire in 1994. This war left Nagorno-Karabakh itself. even and a vast surrounding territory in the hands of the Armenians.

Heavy fighting erupted in late September in the biggest escalation of the decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, killing more than 5,600 people on both sides.

Dozens of civilians on both sides have died, along with hundreds of soldiers.

A Russian-brokered peace deal that saw Azerbaijan reclaim much of the breakaway region as well as surrounding areas ended six weeks of heavy fighting on November 10.

On December 12, Armenia and Azerbaijan reported further clashes in southern Nagorno-Karabakh, accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.

Russian peacekeepers deployed to monitor the peace agreement also reported a violation, but did not assign blame.

The Russian peacekeeping force of around 2,000 troops reported earlier this month that a Russian soldier died during a mine clearance operation, but said the peace deal was largely holding.

Nagorno-Karabakh’s declaration of autonomy has not been recognized by any country, including Armenia.



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