Nagorno-Karabakh: Heavy fighting continues in Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Fierce clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijan forces continued on Saturday with the main city of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region coming under heavy shelling.
The leader of the breakaway province said he was heading to the front and that the “final battle” for the region had begun, seven days after new fighting erupted in the decades-old dispute.
Armenia’s defence ministry said Karabakh’s separatist forces had repelled a “massive attack” by Azerbaijan in one area of the frontline and had launched a counter-offensive.
“Heavy fighting is ongoing on other flanks,” defence ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said.
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said its forces had “captured new footholds” and that the Armenians had “suffered serious losses in manpower and military hardware”.