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Ceasefire violation : Explosions reported in Nagorno-Karabakh

October 11, 2020 08:18 AM

Baku, 11.10.2020
Azerbaijan and Armenia have accused each other of violating the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region late on Saturday. The capital of the self-proclaimed republic, Stepankert, has reportedly come under heavy shelling.

Azerbaijan, for its part, accused Armenia of striking the town of Terter with artillery fire.

RT correspondent Igor Zhdanov said alert sirens were heard in Stepankert, the capital of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, late on Saturday. Several explosions – both in the air and on the ground – were observed in the city, he added.

The short-lived ceasefire, reached on Friday during a meeting of the rivaling parties in Moscow, came into effect on Saturday afternoon.

The negotiations, mediated by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, lasted around 10 hours. The two sides agreed to pause the fighting for “humanitarian” reasons and to exchange prisoners, as well as the bodies of the fallen soldiers. The exchanges were expected to be observed by the Red Cross.

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