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Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian troops man positions near Martakert00:32

Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian troops man positions near Martakert

Disputed Territory, Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh region
April 4, 2016 at 19:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage showing the positions of Armenian troops near Martakert in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh emerged on Monday.

Martakert, known as Aghdara to Azerbaijanis, is reportedly being shelled by Azerbaijani troops.

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 but has been under the control of Armenian military and separatist forces since 1994.

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Footage showing the positions of Armenian troops near Martakert in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh emerged on Monday.

Martakert, known as Aghdara to Azerbaijanis, is reportedly being shelled by Azerbaijani troops.

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 but has been under the control of Armenian military and separatist forces since 1994.