STEPANAKERT—Despite a fragile cease-fire that was declared Tuesday by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan, three Armenian soldiers were killed, two in the region of Karvachar (formerly Kelbajar) on Tuesday night and one in the village of Talish in the Martakert district, according to reports by the Armenian and Artsakh defense ministries.
In Karvachar Tuesday night, Suren Aramyan and Grigor Avetisyan, both from Artashat and both 29, were killed from Azerbaijani fire. Amen Gasparyan, born in 1974, was killed on Wednesday when Azerbaijani forces fired mortars in Talish at around 6:30 p.m. local time.
On Wednesday, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan revealed that the cease-fire agreement was reached in Moscow on Monday after chiefs of staff of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Moscow.
The head of operations for the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Army, Victor Arustamyan, told reporters Wednesday that since Friday’s attacks by Azerbaijan on Artsakh, 32 Armenian soldiers were killed and 121 were wounded, with 25 servicemen still missing in action.
He informed that the ceasefire violations continued all along the line of contact even after the parties agreed to halt all hostilities at midnight Monday. Col. Arustamyan said Azerbaijanis used mortars in the northern direction of the frontline. He also said an Azerbaijani tank hit an ambulance in the.
This morning separate groups tried to attack and conquer military positions in the north, but failed to succeed.
As for the reports that Azerbaijan is bringing its reserve troops to the frontline and preparing for a new attack, Arustamyan said “the reserves are stationed not far from the frontline and it’s hard to assess the plans of a new attack.”