Azeri Troops Breach Ceasefire Wound Armenian Servicemen

YEREVAN (RFE/RL/Armenpress)–The Armenian Defense Ministry reported Wednesday new ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan along their border–which have left at least three Armenian soldiers seriously wounded.

According to the Defense Ministry in Yerevan–one of the soldiers came under automatic gunfire from Azeri army positions in Nakhichevan–bordering Armenia’s southeastern Syunik province on Wednesday. The two other servicemen were shot and hospitalized late Tuesday along the westernmost section of the Armenian-Azeri border–in Ijevan.

"The condition of the servicemen is satisfactory," said a statement released by the Ministry. "In both instances–the Armenian side did not return fire."

Seyran Shahsuvarian–a spokesman for the Ministry–said that Armenia’s did not violate the ceasefire. He said the Armenian party did not return fire and added that Azeri media reports claiming that Armenia’s violated the truce were a lie.

The mountainous area adjacent to Georgia as well as the main Armenian-Azeri line of contact east of Karabagh has seen an upsurge in ceasefire violations starting in February.

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