- Heavy preventing between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces broke out within the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area on Sunday.
- Armenia and Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh declared martial regulation, whereas Azerbaijan ordered its navy to mobilise.
- Both sides blamed one another for the worst escalation since 2016, amid studies of casualties.
Here are the most recent updates:
14:34 GMT – Nagorno-Karabakh says 16 servicemen killed, greater than 100 wounded
The breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh has stated that 16 of its servicemen had been killed and greater than 100 wounded in clashes with Azerbaijan’s forces.
14:30 GMT – Azerbaijan’s Aliyev: Solving concern ‘is our national task’
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev says his nation needs an entire decision over the disputed area.
“The problem of Nagorno-Karabakh is our national task… The solution is our historical mission”, he stated in accordance with the Azerbaijani company turan.az.
The folks must be happy with the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Aliyev stated.
“I have said several times that we do not need an imperfect solution of this question, this conflict,” he stated.
“We will never allow the establishment of a second so-called Armenian state on Azerbaijani soil.”
14:20 GMT – Armenian PM warns towards any Turkish involvement
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has known as on the worldwide group to make sure that Turkey doesn’t contain itself in Armenia’s battle with Azerbaijan.
Turkey, an Azeri ally, had earlier sharply criticised Armenia after clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces broke out within the morning, saying Yerevan was an impediment to peace and vowing to proceed its assist for Baku.
Pashinyan stated Turkey’s behaviour may have harmful penalties for the South Caucasus and neighbouring areas.
13:59 GMT – Azerbaijan introduces martial regulation and curfew in a number of areas
Azerbaijan’s parliament has launched martial regulation and curfew in a number of areas after clashes over the Nagorno-Karabakh province.
13:57 GMT – Azerbaijan: Armenia ought to lay down its arms
Azerbaijan has known as on Armenia to put down its arms and stop its border violations.
If Armenian forces give up, the prisoners of conflict and civilian hostages will probably be handled according to the Geneva Convention and different worldwide authorized norms, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry pledged in an announcement.
The assertion added that if Armenian forces proceed their resistance, all their armed forces will probably be neutralized.
13:50 GMT – Armenia: girl and baby killed
Armenia has stated a lady and a toddler had been killed within the disputed separatist area by shelling from Azerbaijani forces and Azerbaijan’s president has stated his navy has suffered losses.
Armenia additionally claimed that two Azerbaijani helicopters had been shot down and three Azerbaijani tanks had been hit by artillery, however Azerbaijan’s protection ministry has rejected that declare.
13:40 GMT – Armenian FM: ‘Aggression is pre-planned’ with ‘massive support of Turkey’
Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan advised Al Jazeera that the “aggression is pre-planned, not simply by Azerbaijan however by the large assist of Turkey, which has its navy presence.
“It has been showing its unilateral aggressive approach towards Armenia. This is very disturbing. It’s a massive escalation,” Mnatsakanyan stated.
While Azerbaijan maintains that Armenia was the primary to assault at 6am, Mnatsakanyan stated: “We totally reject this absolute misinformation… we have no intention of doing anything which would bring to an escalation.”
— Armenia 🇦🇲 (@armenia) September 27, 2020
13:15 GMT – Azerbaijan has ‘declared war’ on Armenian folks: Armenia PM
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has stated that arch-foe Azerbaijan has declared conflict on his folks.
Azerbaijan’s “authoritarian regime has once again declared war on the Armenian people,” Pashinyan stated in a televised assertion, including, “we are on the brink of a full-scale war in the South Caucasus, which might have unpredictable consequences”.
12:55 GMT – Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes: How the world reacted
The worldwide group has reacted to the escalation of tensions and heavy preventing between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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12:40 GMT – Russia requires ceasefire and talks
Russia known as on the events to the battle within the Nagorno-Karabakh area to right away cease hostilities and start negotiations.
“According to the available information, the situation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has sharply deteriorated,” the Russian international ministry stated.
“We call on the parties to immediately cease fire and begin negotiations in order to stabilise the situation,” it added.
12:20 GMT – Nagorno-Karabakh dispute: Armenia, Azerbaijan standoff defined
The contested Nagorno-Karabakh area, a mountainous and heavily-forested patch of land, is on the coronary heart of a decades-long armed standoff between neighbours Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Under worldwide regulation, Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised as a part of Azerbaijan. But the ethnic Armenians who make up the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants reject Azerbaijani rule. They have been operating their very own affairs, with assist from Armenia, since Azerbaijan’s forces had been pushed out in a conflict within the Nineties.
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12:00 GMT – Germany requires ‘immediate’ finish to Karabakh preventing
Germany known as for an “immediate” halt to the preventing between Armenian and Azerbaijani separatists over the Nagorny Karabakh area, saying the battle can solely be resolved by dialogue.
“I call on both parties to the conflict to immediately stop all hostilities, especially the shelling of villages and towns,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated in an announcement, voicing “alarm” at studies of civilian casualties.
He urged a return to talks to resolve the dispute over the breakaway area, saying that the so-called Minsk Group “stood ready” to assist.
11:40 GMT – Official: Azerbaijan seeks to take all occupied territories
A spokesman for the Azerbaijan presidency advised Al Jazeera his nation’s objective is to retake all Azerbaijani territory managed by Armenian forces.
Hikmet Haciyev, assistant to the president of Azerbaijan and the top of international coverage division, added that Armenia should withdraw from the territory it has occupied for the battle to finish.
“Thirty years, we are suffering from Armenia’s occupation and aggression, and our civilians are becoming targets of the Armenian armed forces,” Haciyev stated from Baku.
“We have one million ethnically cleansed Azerbaijanis from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Therefore, Azerbaijan armed forces are taking counter actions and counter attacks to repel Armenia’s provocations and further acts of aggression against Azerbaijan.”
11:15 GMT – Azerbaijan claims captured six Armenian-held villages
Azerbaijan stated it had captured six of its Armenian-controlled villages in heavy preventing alongside the frontline of the disputed Nagorny Karabakh area.
“We have liberated six villages – five in Fizuli district and one in Jebrail district,” a defence ministry spokesman advised the AFP news company.
10:50 GMT – Azerbaijan says no want for navy mobilisation over Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan’s military stated there was no want for complete navy mobilisation on account of a flare up in tensions with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh area, since its military is absolutely staffed.
Earlier, each Armenia and authorities Nagorno-Karabakh declared martial regulation and navy mobilisation on account of clashes with Azerbaijan.
10:30 GMT – France calls on sides to finish hostilities
France known as on Yerevan and Baku to finish hostilities and instantly restart dialogue after Armenia declared martial regulation and mobilised its male inhabitants following clashes with Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh area.
“France is extremely concerned by the confrontation,” international ministry spokeswoman Agnes bon der Muhll stated in an announcement.
Along with the United States and Russia, France is co-president of the Minsk group, which mediates between each Armenia and Azerbaijan.
10:11 GMT – EU requires ‘immediate return to negotiations’
European Council president Charles Michel has known as for a halt to preventing between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces and an “immediate return to negotiations, without preconditions”.
“Military action must stop, as a matter of urgency, to prevent a further escalation,” Michel tweeted.
09:55 GMT – Azerbaijan restricts web site visitors
Azerbaijan’s transport ministry says it has “put restrictions on internet traffic” amid the continued navy escalation with Armenian forces.
The ministry stated the measure was taken with a view to forestall “Armenian provocations” following the clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh.
09:28 GMT – Turkey condemns Armenian ‘attacks’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin stated Ankara “strongly condemns the attack by Armenia against Azerbaijan”.
“Armenia violated the ceasefire by attacking civilian locations,” he posted on Twitter. “Turkey stands in full solidarity with Azerbaijan and unreservedly supports its right to self-defense.”
We strongly condemn Armenia’s assault on Azerbaijan. Armenia has as soon as once more violated worldwide regulation and proven that it has no real interest in peace and stability.
Turkey stands in full solidarity with Azerbaijan and unreservedly helps its proper to self-defense.
— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) September 27, 2020
09:06 GMT – Harutyunyan: ‘Turkey has mercenaries in Azerbaijan’
Nagorno-Karabakh’s chief Araik Harutyunyan accused the Turkish authorities of sending mercenaries to Azerbaijan.
“We have information that mercenaries from Turkey and other countries were airlifted to Azerbaijan,” he stated.
“The Turkish army is already in Azerbaijan, under the guise of military drills,” he claimed.
08:55 GMT – Aliyev: ‘Our cause is just, we will win’
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has vowed victory over Armenian forces in a televised tackle to the nation.
Aliyev says “there are losses among the Azerbaijani forces and the civilian population as a result of the Armenian bombardment”.
“Our cause is just and we will win,” Aliyev stated, repeating a well-known quote from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s tackle on the outbreak of World War II in Russia. “[The] Azerbaijani army is fighting on its territory,” he added.
08:39 GMT – Pashinyan: ‘Get ready to defend our sacred homeland’
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan known as on his folks to defend their “homeland”.
“Get ready to defend our sacred homeland,” he wrote on Facebook, including “the government has decided to declare martial law and a total mobilisation”.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s protection of the navy escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan. I’m Umut Uras in Doha.