The Armenian Ministry of Defense claimed that the Azerbaijani forces had opened mortar fire on the border territory near the village of Yeraskh.
According to Armenian local sources, the head of the administration of the village of Yerash, Rudik Odikyan, was wounded during the shelling.
“On July 19, at 18.40, the Azerbaijani armed forces have shelled Armenian positions stationed on the border near the village of Yeraskh for several hours in a row with firearms of various calibers. Mortars were also used, ” the ministry’s report says.
The ministry added that the Azerbaijani leadership was responsible for the recent escalation in the region.
On the other side, two hours after the incident in Yeraskh, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported shelling of the Sadarak district of Nakhichevan by Armenian forces.
No losses were reported.
“On July 19, at 20:50, the positions of the Azerbaijani Army in the direction of the Sadarak district of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic were again shelled with weapons of various calibers from the territory of Armenia,” the report says.
The situation in the border regions is steadily deteriorating. Fire exchanges are reported on a daily basis, while the number of casualties is growing. Amid the ongoing escalation, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on Russia and the CSTO for help in resolving the situation.
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