By Emil Danielyan
Armenia and Azerbaijan have reported fresh skirmishes along their heavily militarized border in recent days which have left at least three Armenian soldiers seriously wounded.
According to the Defense Ministry in Yerevan, one of the soldiers came under automatic gunfire from Azerbaijani army positions in the Nakhichevan exclave bordering Armenia’s southeastern Syunik province on Wednesday. The two other conscripts were shot and hospitalized late Tuesday in the westernmost section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the ministry said in a statement.
“The condition of the servicemen is satisfactory,” said the statement. “In both instances, the Armenian side did not return fire.”
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on Monday accused Armenian forces of breaking the uneasy ceasefire in the same section of the frontline, reporting no casualties among its troops. “The enemy was silenced by response fire,” it said. The Armenian military, however, denied firing on enemy positions.
The mountainous area adjacent to Georgia as well as the main Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact east of Nagorno-Karabakh saw an upsurge in deadly skirmishes in the course of February and March. The fighting followed the collapse of crucial Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks in France and served as a grim reminder of potential consequences of the unresolved Karabakh conflict.
(Photolur photo: An Armenian soldier pictured during military exercises held in Nagorno-Karabakh this month.)