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Nagorno-Karabakh: Baku releases footage of destruction of separatist command centre00:23

Nagorno-Karabakh: Baku releases footage of destruction of separatist command centre

Disputed Territory, Undisclosed location, Nagorno-Karabakh region
April 4, 2016 at 18:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan released footage claiming to show the destruction of a separatist command centre at an undisclosed location in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Monday.

News of the strike first emerged on Saturday, when Baku officials claimed the military had hit the centre in a pinpoint artillery strike. Baku's assertion was denied by separatist ethnic Armenians who have controlled Nagorno-Karabakh along with the Armenian military since 1994. Separatist leaders reportedly demanded video evidence of the events.

The hostilities in the region restarted on Friday night, with Armenia and Azerbaijan both blaming each other for the ceasefire violations. According to reports, 18 Armenian and 12 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed since the conflict resumed.

The conflict over the area dates back to 1988, when Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian mountainous region, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

It declared independence in 1991, triggering a full-scale war which ended only after Russia brokered a ceasefire between the two countries in 1994. Clashes still break out periodically in the region, with the latest thought to be among the most serious since the 1994 truce.

Earlier on Monday, Russia urged an immediate de-escalation of hostilities calling on Yerevan and Baku to stand their forces down.

Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as being part of Azerbaijan.

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The Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan released footage claiming to show the destruction of a separatist command centre at an undisclosed location in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Monday.

News of the strike first emerged on Saturday, when Baku officials claimed the military had hit the centre in a pinpoint artillery strike. Baku's assertion was denied by separatist ethnic Armenians who have controlled Nagorno-Karabakh along with the Armenian military since 1994. Separatist leaders reportedly demanded video evidence of the events.

The hostilities in the region restarted on Friday night, with Armenia and Azerbaijan both blaming each other for the ceasefire violations. According to reports, 18 Armenian and 12 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed since the conflict resumed.

The conflict over the area dates back to 1988, when Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian mountainous region, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

It declared independence in 1991, triggering a full-scale war which ended only after Russia brokered a ceasefire between the two countries in 1994. Clashes still break out periodically in the region, with the latest thought to be among the most serious since the 1994 truce.

Earlier on Monday, Russia urged an immediate de-escalation of hostilities calling on Yerevan and Baku to stand their forces down.

Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as being part of Azerbaijan.

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