Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of the violation of the new humanitarian ceasefire regime during the combat actions over Nagorno-Karabakh the next day after the achieving agreement.
Armenia was the first to make a statement claiming that Azerbaijan twice violated the humanitarian ceasefire regime during a night, holding artillery and missile attacks.
“Violating the humanitarian ceasefire regime once again, the enemy held an artillery attack in a northerly direction from 00:04 a.m. until 02:45 a.m., besides, the missile attack in a southerly direction from 02:20 a.m. until 02:45 a.m.” Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia Shushan Stepanyan reported on Facebook.
The press service of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia confirmed this information stating that it is the second time when Azerbaijan violates the agreement on the ceasefire regime reached as a result of the personal intervention of the co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group.
“The Artsakh Defence Army stated that the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan once more flagrantly violated the new humanitarian ceasefire and on October 18 at 07:20 a.m., after the active artillery fire attacked in a southerly direction to occupy the positions of advantage,” the message said.
In its turn, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan accused Armenia of the use of mortar launchers and artillery, attack on the surroundings of Jabrayil and villages at Aras River. According to the ministry, during over than two hours, the Armed Forces of Armenia shelled from the heavy large-caliber weapon at the Azerbaijani positions at the border of two countries.
“Right after the announcement of the agreement, the Armed Forces of Armenia at 00:02 a.m. at local time shelled from the mortars and artillery Azerbaijani city Jabrayil and released villages near Aras River in Jabrayil area. Violating the ceasefire regime from 00:05 a.m. up to 03:25 a.m., the Armed Forces of Armenia shelled the Azerbaijani positions in Gadabay and Tovuz areas of Azerbaijan at the border between two countries from the heavy large-caliber weapon,” the message said.
It is noted that Armenia made an attempt to the offensive at the direction of Aghdara, Füzuli, Hadrut, and Jabrayil. The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan noted that the flagrant violation by Armenia of the ceasefire regime for humanitarian purposes after the second statement shows that Armenia continues its aggressive policy against Azerbaijan and indifferent to the settlement of the conflict by talks.
Moreover, the ministry condemned the spread of the terrorist urges to Azerbaijani diplomats from the side of the Armenian users on social networks.
“As a result of the provocation held by the Armenian Armed Forces at the Azerbaijani-Armenian border in July 2020, we became the witnesses of highly aggressive actions and crimes motivated by hatred committed by radical Armenian forces abroad against members of local Azerbaijani community and our diplomats,” the message said.
Armenia responded to the statement by a report about tank attack of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan. Shushan Stepanyan reported about tank attack by the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan. She noted that the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan held a tank attack with the use of seven tanks.
“On October 18, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan started the attack supported by tanks in a southerly direction, with the use of seven tanks, including T-90 and five armored personnel carriers. The enemy expected by the impetuous attack to provide fire and psychological pressure and break out at the important part of the front,” Stepanyan wrote.
The press service of the Foreign Ministry noted the renewal of the combat actions by Azerbaijan and large-scale offensive in the south front.
On September 27, the Azerbaijani side fired at settlements, as well as military units in Karabakh. Then the motorized rifle and tank subdivisions of the Azerbaijani army went on the offensive in the northern, southern, and southeastern directions. The Armenian government has declared martial law in the country.