Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of breaking latest ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Women embrace as they examine the ruins of a residential house destroyed in a shelling attack in Nagorno-Karabakh. Photo: Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images

An Armenia Defense Ministry spokesperson accused Azerbaijan late Saturday of “violating the humanitarian ceasefire” in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh by firing artillery shells and rockets.

Details: The ceasefire began at midnight local time (4 p.m. ET), hours after the two countries accused each other of violating a week-old, Russian-brokered humanitarian truce, which was intended to allow the two sides to exchange prisoners and recover bodies. Azerbaijan did not immediately comment on the spokesperson’s claim.

The big picture: Hundreds of soldiers and dozens of civilians have been killed since the recent fighting began in late September.

The backstory: Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous region of around 150,000 people that is populated mainly by ethnic Armenians but lies within the borders of Azerbaijan.

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