Azerbaijan returned the bodies of 32 Armenian servicemen found in the controlled territory. This was announced on September 17 by the State Commission of Azerbaijan for the Affairs of Captives, Hostages and Missing Persons.
“The bodies of 32 servicemen found in the territories that came under our control after the hostilities were examined together with the relevant employees of the military prosecutor’s office of Azerbaijan. They showed no signs of violence. On September 17, these bodies were handed over to the other side, ”the message says.
It is noted that other corpses of Armenian soldiers are being examined, they will also be handed over in the near future.
The day before, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that 135 Armenian servicemen were killed in battles with the armed forces of Azerbaijan on the border. He also noted that this number is not final.
In turn, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan on September 15 announced the death of 71 soldiers.
On the night of September 15, Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia Armen Grigoryan announced that Yerevan and Baku had reached an agreement on a truce and a ceasefire.
On September 14, the press secretary of the Armenian Ministry of Defense Aram Torosyan reported on social networks that the night on the border of the two states passed relatively calmly, there were no serious incidents. On the same day, Armenia asked for military assistance from the CSTO to restore the country’s territorial integrity. According to Pashinyan, since September 13, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have occupied 10 sq. km of the territory of Armenia.
The situation escalated on the night of September 13, when the defense ministries of Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of shelling the border areas. On the same day, the Armenian government appealed to Russia, the CSTO and the UN Security Council “in connection with Azerbaijan’s encroachment on the sovereign territory of the country.”
Armenia and Azerbaijan have disputed ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Then the region, which is inhabited mainly by Armenians, announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the military conflict of 1992-1994, Baku lost control over Karabakh.
In November 2020, Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the participation of Moscow, signed an agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh.