(Updates with Azeri defence ministry statements in the sixth para)
Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of breaking a new humanitarian ceasefire on Sunday. The accusations came a week after a Russian brokered deal failed to stop fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which resumed hours after it was agreed.
The ceasefire came into effect at midnight on Saturday after a week-old ceasefire failed to prevent clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
“The enemy fired at the vicinity of Jabrail city, as well as the villages of this region … using mortars and artillery”, the Azeri defence ministry said, adding that the Azeri army “took adequate retaliatory measures”.
Meanwhile, Shusan Stepanyan, a spokeswoman for Armenia’s defence ministry, said on Twitter that Azerbaijan fired artillery shells and rockets in the early hours of Sunday.
“Once again violating the humanitarian cease-fire, the enemy fired artillery shells in the northern direction from 00:04 to 02:45, and fired rockets in the southern direction from 02:20 to 02:45,” she said.
Azeri defence ministry said later Sunday that Azerbaijan shot down an Armenian Su-25 fighter jet, the second aircraft to be downed in recent days. The ministry said the fighter jet was trying to launch airstrikes on Azerbaijani positions in Jabrayil city when it was shot down. And, a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Armenian army, attempted to carry out a flight in the Horadiz direction, was detected and destroyed by Azerbaijan, according to the ministry.
A Russian-brokered truce was agreed last Saturday. It was aimed to allow the sides to swap detainees and the bodies of the deceased, but it failed quickly as both sides continued carrying out attacks, while blaming each other for violating the deal. Fighting has continued throughout the week.