Number of casualties in the border clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan one year after ceasefire: 8 dead, dozens missing

A border clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan this week resulted in eight deaths and many more wounded before the nations agreed to another ceasefire.

The Armenian Ministry of Defense accused the Azerbaijani military of opening fire on Armenian positions. Azerbaijan claimed instead that Armenia was provoking the conflict.

The fighting took place exactly one week after the one-year anniversary of a ceasefire signed between neighboring countries and Russia, which ended a 44-day war in the region.

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Armenian officials reported a loss to Azerbaijan’s seven during the clash, in which 13 Armenian troops were captured and another two dozen allegedly missing.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian pauses while speaking in the Armenian Parliament in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 27, 2020.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian pauses while speaking at the Armenian Parliament in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 27, 2020.
(Tigran Mehrabyan, Government Press Office, PAN Photo via AP)

Legislator Eduard Aghajanyan claimed that 15 Armenian soldiers died, but only one death has been officially confirmed.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts to stop the fighting, but it required Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention – again – to end the conflict.

The then-elected president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev smiles as he answers journalists' questions in Baku, October 18, 2003. (REUTERS / Gleb Garanich AS / WS)

The then-elected president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev smiles as he answers journalists’ questions in Baku, October 18, 2003. (REUTERS / Gleb Garanich AS / WS)

Moscow mediated the ceasefire last year in an agreement that allowed Azerbaijan to regain control of parts of the Nagorno-Karabakh region that had been lost to Armenia in recent conflicts. The two countries have been fighting for decades over the land that Azerbaijan originally controlled but where Armenian people lived.

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Armenia’s Security Council has called on Russia to help protect its territorial integrity as people fear overtures from Turkey and Azerbaijan.

“A strong and unequivocal response to Azerbaijan’s illegal actions is essential to prevent further major escalations of the security situation in the region and beyond,” Armenian Ambassador Mher Margaryan said during a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

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An ongoing problem in the wake of the 2020 conflict is centered on a number of Armenian prisoners and prisoners of war who remain in Azeri custody despite an agreement to free all such persons from both sides. The Armenian Government raised an official case in The Hague over the case in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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