Azerbaijan Violated The Ceasefire Agreement In Karabakh! (Map)

Sunday 26 March 2023 - 15:26

ISWNews Analysis Group – The Azerbaijani army violated the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement by crossing the agreed contact line in north of Lachin in Karabakh.

On March 24, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan published a statement announcing the illegal transfer of military equipment of Russian peacekeepers and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh on the Khankendi (Stepanakert)-Xelfeli-Turssu (Lisagor) route. The Republic of Azerbaijan called this a violation of the agreements by the Russian peacekeeping forces and their inability to perform their duties in relation to the implementation of the provisions of the tripartite declaration.

According to the information provided by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, the Armenian engineering forces are building a new road in north of the Khankendi (Stepanakert)-Xelfeli-Turssu (Lisagor) road (the northern section of Lachin Corridor), which passes through the Khankendi-Kosalar-Mirzeler-Turssu route.

Construction of new road in north of the northern road of Lachin Corridor by the Armenians of Karabakh

Following these tensions, on March 25, Baku government forces violated the 2020 ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh by crossing the contact lines of Nagorno-Karabakh in northern Lachin. Following this progress, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan published another statement and announced that it has taken the necessary measures to prevent the smuggling of weapons and ammunition to the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region through the northern road of the Lachin Corridor.

According to the information obtained by the Islamic World News, after the blocking of the Khankendi road by the so-called environmental activists of Ilham Aliev near Shusha, the Armenian forces, with the support of Russia, began the construction of a new and alternative route in the north of the Khankendi-Xelfeli-Turssu road. The government of Baku knows very well that if this road is built and completed, practically all the efforts and achievements of the so-called environmental activists will be wasted; therefore, in order to take the initiative of the Nagorno-Karabakh entering/exiting route, they violated the ceasefire agreement and advanced in this direction.

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After these events, the Ministry of Defense of Russia published a statement accusing Azerbaijan of violating clause 1 of the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement. It is stated in this statement that the forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan have deployed engineering equipment in the Shusha region at an altitude of 2054.0 (2.9 km northeast of Saribaba mountain) after crossing the contact line. The statement emphasized the Azerbaijani side was informed about the necessity of complying with the provisions of the tripartite agreements of the heads of states, stopping the engineering and technical operations and withdrawing from the occupied positions.

It seems that the purpose of the advances made and the occupation of this point by the government of Baku is to establish military points and increase fire control over the newly established Armenian route or routes in the Khankendi-Kosalar-Mirzeler-Trussu line.

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