- Clashes have begun between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, with at least one Azerbaijani helicopter shot down.
Armenia said Azerbaijan had launched an air and artillery attack. It later declared martial law and total military mobilisation.Azerbaijan said it was responding to shelling along the whole front. Both sides have reported civilian deaths.The long-running conflict has flared up again in recent months.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry called for an immediate ceasefire and talks to stabilise the situation.Both Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991.For four decades they have been stuck in an unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians.Border fighting in July killed at least 16 people, prompting the largest popular demonstration for years in the Azerbaijani capital Baku calling for full mobilisation and the recapture of the region.