In a development that is expected to further deteriorate the situation on the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, the military authorities in the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic reported that on Saturday (1 June) one of their soldiers was klilled by Azerbaijani fire.
Earlier in the week Azerbaijan accused the Armenians of killing one of its soldiers by a sniper bullet on Thursday (30 May). According to the Azerbaijani media, the soldier killed on Thursday was Major Agil Omarov, a battalion commander of the Azerbaijani army. The Armenians dismissed that claim as fake news.
The Armenian soldier killed on Saturday morning was named as nineteen year old Silpyan Melkonyan. The incident happened at 07.30 on Saturday morning, at the defense post of a military unit located in the south-east direction of the contact line (Martuni) according to the Armenian reports.
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Commonspace.eu reports incidents on the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone based on secondary sources. We are unable to confirm the accuracy or otherwise of the reports.
Source: commonspace.eu with agencies
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