Armenia has declared martial law and mobilized their army after a major flare–up in violence broke out with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Heavy fighting between the two arch rivals broke out on Sunday, they blamed each other for escalation which led to casualties on both sides.
Armenia accused Azerbaijan of attacking civilian settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but on the ground situation it is controlled by Armenian forces including the main city Stepanakert.
Armenian Defence minister said its forces took down an Azerbaijan helicopter and three drones in response to an attack at 4:10 GMT.
But on the other hand, Azerbaijan ministry said it launched a “counteroffensive to suppress Armenia’s combat activity and ensure the safety of the population”, by using tanks, heavy artillery missiles, combat aviation and drones.
“There are reports of dead and wounded among civilians and military servicemen,” Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani presidency, said in a statement.
In a statement on Facebook, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said “the government has decided to declare martial law and a total mobilization”, telling citizens to “get ready to defend our sacred homeland”.
The worst fighting in years has raised a new large-scale war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territorial dispute of Nagorno-Karabakh.