Over 200 Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan
The Armenian Security Council has reported 207 dead over the past week, including three civilians.
More than 200 Armenian servicemen were killed last week in the worst border clashes with Azerbaijan since the war in 2020, according to a new toll announced Monday by the Council of Armenian security.
The death toll is 207 [dead], including three civilians, the Armenian Security Council said. He added that two civilians are missing, while 293 soldiers and three civilians are injured.
Twenty soldiers were taken prisoner by the Azerbaijani army, according to the same source . This brings the death toll on both sides to nearly 300.
On the Azerbaijani side, the toll so far is 79 soldiers killed, according to Baku, since the start of the clashes which broke out last Tuesday.
This is an escalation not seen since 2020, threatening to torpedo a fragile peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two rival countries in the Caucasus that share nearly 1,000 kilometers of border.
Armenian and Azerbaijani heads of diplomacy are to meet Monday in New York, United States, on the initiative of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
On Sunday, visiting Yerevan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi condemned the illegal attacks in Baku.
Her trip to the Armenian capital marked a new sign of rapprochement between Washington and Yerevan, at a time when Moscow, traditional mediator in this region, is busy with the difficulties of its military offensive in Ukraine.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi during her recent visit to Armenia. Here she is alongside the Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Alen Simonyan.
For two years, Russia has been deploying a peacekeeping force on the border between Armenia. Armenia and Azerbaijan. But this proved ineffective in preventing the military escalation of the past week.
These clashes are the most intense since a war between the two countries in 2020 for control of the Nagorny Karabakh enclave, which claimed more than 6,500 lives and led Yerevan to cede territories to Baku.
Before this conflict, the #x27;Armenia and Azerbaijan had already clashed in the 1990s for Nagorny Karabakh. The clashes left more than 30,000 dead.