Clashes Break Out Between Armenian and Azerbaijani Forces In Nagorno-Karabakh

Tensions over between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region have spilled over into open conflict. Fighting has broken out in the region today. According to reports, Azerbaijani forces launched air and artillery attacks into the Nagorno-Karabakh region and followed up with ground forces moving in. Casualties have been reported on both sides and among the local populace and there are unconfirmed reports of a helicopter and tanks from both sides being destroyed.

Armenia blamed Azerbaijan for the fighting on Sunday and has declared martial law and a general mobilization in response to the clashes.

Azerbaijan, predictably, placed responsibility on Armenia. Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, stated  that “The first fire, including artillery fire, was opened by Armenia, and the first victims were Azerbaijani servicemen.”

The situation is still very fluid. Upon the start of hostilities a flurry of diplomatic activity commended aimed at establishing a cease fire before the fighting escalates.

Later tonight and tomorrow as more news becomes available I’ll post it.

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