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Last week, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced that servicemen who were conscripted amid the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh will be demobilised starting 15 April.
The Defence Ministry of the Republic of Artsakh has denied any involvement in the recent “attack” on Azeri positions, saying that its servicemen didn’t take part in any operation.
“Yesterday and today, as of now, no units of the Artsakh [NKR] defence army, not a single serviceman, took part in any operation. No incidents were registered, no shot was made by the Armenian side,” the NKR ministry said in a statement, released by the official info centre.
The statement comes hours after the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry claimed that one of its soldiers had been killed as a result of an attack on Azeri positions in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“On 27 December, … an illegal Armenian armed group … attacked posts of the Azerbaijani Army in the village of Agdam in the Khojavend District. As a result, one of our servicemen, Ganbarov Elmir Rayil, was killed, and another soldier was wounded”, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
According to the ministry, the injured serviceman was taken to a medical facility after receiving urgent medical assistance, his life is not in danger.
“Thanks to the implemented measures, all six members of Armenia’s illegal armed formation were eliminated”, the Azeri Defence Ministry said.
The decades-long Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared up in late September, resulting in military and civilian casualties on both sides. The hostilities ended after the sides agreed to a Russian-brokered ceasefire on 9 November.
After the deal was signed, Moscow and Ankara signed a memorandum on establishing a centre in Azerbaijan to jointly monitor the ceasefire in the disputed region. Turkey was a supporter of Azerbaijan throughout the conflict.