STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources) — The number of ceasefire violations by the Azerbaijani side declined over the weekend, the press service of Defense Ministry of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic (NKR) said.
During that period, Azerbaijan fired more than 150 times on the line of contact between the armed forces of Karabagh and Azerbaijan. More than 1,500 shots were fired by Azerbaijani frontline units at Armenian positions from small arms of various calibers, 60-mm (19 shells), 82-mm (1 shell) and 120-mm (1 shell) mortars and AGS-17 grenade launcher (17 shells).
According to the statement of defense ministry, frontline units of NKR Defense Army are in control of the operational-tactical situation and continue performing confidently their military tasks.
Between September 27 and October 3, according to the NKR defense army, 900 ceasefire violations by Azerbaijani armed forces were registered, with around 9,000 shots fired from various caliber weapons, including 60-, 82- and 120-mm mortars, RPG-7, AGS-17 grenade launchers, as well as Turkish TP-107 rocket launcher.
The NKR defense army units continue controlling the situation, taking retaliatory measures in case of necessity.
Overall, in September, 4,000 ceasefire violations were registered by Azerbaijani armed forces, with over 60.000 shots fired from various caliber weapons, including 60-, 82- and 120-mm mortars, RPG-7, AGS-17 grenade launchers, as well as Turkish TP-107 rocket launcher.
Besides, 122-mm howitzer D-30 was also implemented for the first time since the ceasefire agreement was signed in 1994.
Azerbaijan took to uploading videos featuring mortars and rocket launchers.
Armenia has threatened to make “retaliatory” artillery and rocket strikes against Azerbaijani forces after Armenian soldiers and civilians were killed in late September.
President Serge Sargisian told a government commission on September 26 that Azerbaijan had committed a “blatant violation of the cease-fire” signed in 1994 to end a bloody conflict over the disputed Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabagh.
He added that Armenia is “afraid of war but it is not afraid of fighting.”
Sargisian’s comments came hours after Armenia says a rocket attack by Azerbaijani forces killed four soldiers at a military base in northeastern Armenia.
Armenia says three civilians were also killed on September 24 by Azerbaijani artillery fire in Armenia’s Tavush region.