Armenia and Azerbaijan clash at Lachin corridor

More than 100 Armenian soldiers and 50 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed during the recent clashes at the border.

Key facts

  • The two former soviet republics have been engaged in long-running conflicts over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh region.
  • The disputed territory has been internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is currently under the control of Armenian separatists.
  • The recent clashes took place along the Lachin corridor that links Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • The Lachin Corridor is part of the Lachin District of Azerbaijan, but was under the control of the Russian peacekeeping force as per the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh armistice agreement.
  • The Lachin District returned under the control of Azerbaijan on August 26, 2022.
  • The recent clash is the deadlines to break out between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the 2020 clashes.
  • A peace deal brokered by Russia ended the 2020 war between the neighbors and resulted in Armenia withdrawing its troops from some of the occupied territories within Azerbaijan.
  • In the latest skirmish, Azerbaijan launched combat drones and started shelling from artillery and mortars near the Sevan Lake.
  • The Armenian side shelled Azerbaijan forces in the Kalbajar and Lachin districts in the separatist Narogno-Karabakh regions.

Nagorno-Karabakh region

Nagorno-Karabakh is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus within the Karabkh mountain range. It is currently under the control of the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh, which declared itself to be independent with the help of Armenia in 1991.

Russia’s interests

Russia has traditionally supported Armenia, which hosts its military base. Azerbaijan has close diplomatic ties with Turkey in the areas of defence, culture and politics. However, the presence of oil in Azerbaijan is forcing Russia to develop closer ties with the country. Moscow is currently urging both sides to refrain from further escalation of the conflict.

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