Armenian Soldier Killed In Karabakh

An Armenian soldier was shot dead in fresh ceasefire violations that were reported from the Armenian-Azerbaijani “line of contact” around Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday.

Karabakh’s Armenia-backed Defense Army said the 20-year-old conscript, Gor Ghazarian, was killed by a bullet fired from Azerbaijani army positions northeast of the disputed territory on Tuesday.  “An investigation is underway to clarify details of the incident,” it said in a statement.

The Karabakh Armenian military reported “unprecedented activity” by Azerbaijani forces along the entire frontline on February 16-18. It said they fired over 1,500 shots from sniper rifles and automatic weapons at Armenian frontline positions during the three-day period that coincided with a presidential election in Armenia.

“In order to suppress the enemy activity, frontline units of the Defense Ministry resorted to retaliatory actions and established full control over the entire line of contact,” read a statement issued in Stepanakert earlier this week.

The Azerbaijani online news service reported that heavy gunfire from Armenian forces seriously damaged on Tuesday houses in an Azerbaijani village located just northeast of Karabakh.