Armenia says its armed forces took down Turkish drone in Nagorno-Karabakh
Units of the Nagorno-Karabakh air defense forces have taken down a Bayraktar Turkish drone on Thursday morning, Armenian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan wrote on her Telegram channel.
“Air defense units of Artsakh (the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic – TASS) have destroyed another Turkish fighter drone Bayraktar,” she said.
Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on September 27, with intense battles raging in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The area experienced flare-ups of violence in the summer of 2014, in April 2016 and this past July. Azerbaijan and Armenia have imposed martial law and launched mobilization efforts. Both parties to the conflict have reported casualties, among them civilians. Hostilities in the region continue despite the previously reached ceasefire agreements.
The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up, but primarily populated by ethnic Armenians, broke out in February 1988 after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1992-1994, tensions boiled over and exploded into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and seven adjacent territories after Azerbaijan lost control of them. Talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement have been ongoing since 1992 under the OSCE Minsk Group, led by its three co-chairs – Russia, France and the United States.