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US News Nagorno-Karabakh: Intense fighting continues along the front line

02:25  27 october  2020
02:25  27 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Donald Trump, in difficulty, continues his marathon campaign

 Donald Trump, in difficulty, continues his marathon campaign © Brendan Smialowski Donald Trump in Ocala (Florida) on October 16, 2020 Donald Trump continues his campaign at a frantic pace, with multiple trips across the country on Saturday, to mobilize his troops and catch up on his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, 17 days before the US presidential election.

Un combattant arménien se tient à côté d'un fragment de missile Grad près d'une position de combat sur la ligne de front, le 21 octobre 2020. © AP Photo An Armenian fighter stands next to a fragment of a Grad missile near a combat position on the front line , October 21, 2020.

Another aborted ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. A third attempt to end the fighting between the Azerbaijani army and the forces of the self-proclaimed Republic was shattered on Monday; both sides blaming themselves for the violation of a ceasefire negotiated in Washington at the weekend. Fighting continues along the front line.

With our special correspondent in Stepanakert, Anastasia Becchio

The echoes of heavy artillery fire reached Stepanakert late into the night. If the main city of Nagorno-Karabakh was not targeted on Monday, the fighting was on the other hand intense in the northeast, in the Martakert region where Grad and Smerch missiles landed, according to Armenian journalists, in the east towards Martouni, but also in the south.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of not respecting the cease-fire

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According to the Nagorno-Karabakh human rights delegate, one civilian was killed and two others were injured in an Azerbaijani missile attack on a village.

See also: Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of violating the new truce

Among the most disputed places, the control of the Lachine corridor which constitutes the main land crossing point between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani forces continue to advance. They would only be ten kilometers from this strategic city. Buses of volunteers were dispatched there from Yerevan to reinforce the workforce.

The Armenian Prime Minister, for his part, affirmed on Facebook that Yerevan "continues to strictly respect the cease-fire regime". Nikol Pachinian who says he is ready for “compromises” but not for “capitulation”.

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Azerbaijani army about to take key city from Armenians .
© AFP / Karen MINASYAN An Armenian in the devastated town of Shusha, Nagorno-Karabakh. The city is under threat from Azerbaijani troops. If Shusha falls, much of the Armenian separatist region could fall over. The Azerbaijani army has gained the upper hand over the Armenian separatist fighters. It threatens a key city and especially to cut the only road connecting their "capital" Stepanakert to Armenia. Propaganda has its limits.

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