Karabakh: Loss of life continues despite tentative ceasefire agreement

Two servicemen of the ethnic Armenian Defense Army were killed in Nagorno-Karabakh last night as Azerbaijan renewed ceasefire violations along the entire line of contact despite a tentative truce agreement.

The casualties are the most serious since the cessation of hostilities in the conflict zone on April 5 agreed upon after nearly four days of intense fighting that left dozens killed on both sides.

According to the Defense Army’s press service, on the night of April 7-8 the Azerbaijani forces fired more than 2,000 shots from firearms of different calibers, including 60-millimeter mortars (two shells).

“The more intensive ceasefire violations were registered in the northern (Talish) direction as a result of which contractual serviceman Hrach Muradyan, born in 1983, was killed. There are also wounded servicemen.”

The Karabakh military authorities said another soldier, 20-year-old Gevorg Mghdesyan, was fatally wounded in the northeastern direction in yet not fully disclosed circumstances.

Meanwhile, overnight, Azerbaijani forces also fired shots in the direction of military units and populated areas in Armenia’s northeastern and eastern provinces of Tavush and Gegharkunik. No loss of life was reported there.