Azerbaijan launches major new offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh


Azerbaijan has announced a new offensive in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a major escalation which could turn the simmering dispute into all-out war.

In a statement issued by the South Caucasus nation’s defense ministry on Tuesday, officials said they were launching “local anti-terrorist activities” to “suppress large-scale provocations” in the ethnic-Armenian controlled territory.

“As part of the measures, positions on the front line and in-depth, long-term firing points of the formations of Armenia’s armed forces, as well as combat assets and military facilities are incapacitated using high-precision weapons,” the statement said.

Air raid sirens have been activated in Stepanakert, the de facto capital of the unrecognized state, local media reported.

Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a bloody war over Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020. A Russia-brokered cease-fire agreement has since collapsed, with Azerbaijani forces taking control of the only road in or out — blocking humanitarian aid and triggering warnings of “ethnic cleansing.”

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