Fighting between the two former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus continues after the recent escalation. "The enemy used combat drones in the direction of Jermuk," said the spokesman for the Armenian Defense Ministry, Aram Torosyan, on Wednesday. The village of Werin Schorscha to the north was also attacked. Baku denied the allegations from Yerevan and in turn accused the neighbor of attacks. In an interview on Wednesday, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Paruyr Hovhannisyan called on major powers to pay more attention to the Caucasus region in order to prevent a renewed outbreak of hostilities. He accused Azerbaijan of exploiting the war in Ukraine to invade Armenian territory. Russia is allied with Armenia, Azerbaijan is supported by Turkey.
Accordingly, the Armenian military is shelling positions of the Azerbaijanis in the Kalbajar region in western Azerbaijan. The Armenian troops also used heavy weapons such as howitzers. The statements could not initially be verified independently.
The federal government was "deeply concerned" about the reports of hostilities. A spokesman for the Foreign Office also spoke of attacks on civilian infrastructure and places of residence. "We call on Azerbaijan and Armenia to immediately stop any actions that could endanger the security between both countries and the region," he said. A dialogue must be continued. "That's why we also support the mediation offer of the European Union," said the spokesman. He did not want to say which side caused the latest escalation because there were no independent observers.
In the shadow of the Ukraine war, serious armed clashes broke out between the two former Soviet republics on Tuesday night. According to official information from Yerevan, at least 49 of Yerevan's own soldiers were killed. Baku also reported its own losses. Both sides blame each other for the new escalation.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at war with each other over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. In autumn 2020, Armenia had lost a war against its neighbor. As a result, the country had to relinquish control of most of Armenian-majority Nagorno-Karabakh. At that time, a Russian peacekeeping force was stationed in the region to protect the ceasefire. However, according to Armenian information, this time it was not the exclave that was attacked, but positions in the heartland of Armenia.