Fragile ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh crumbles minutes after agreement

Less than 24 hours after a ceasefire was agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, both sides have accused each other of violating the truce.

Minutes after the ceasefire took force at midday, the Armenian defense ministry accused Azerbaijan of shelling a settlement in southeastern Armenia, killing one civilian, while Azerbaijan said Armenia was firing into the Azeri regions of Terter and Agdam. Both defense ministries denied violating the terms of the ceasefire.

Azerbaijan also reported that at least seven people died in an Armenian bombardment on Saturday night in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja, the country’s second city. The area that was hit is said to have no military targets.

Accounts of fresh shelling in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital, were reported by the Armenian media and eyewitnesses on Saturday evening.