Firing continues across the line of contact
Azerbaijani armed forces destroy Armenian tank
Armenia continues shelling civilian settlements.
18-24 April 2016
According to official statements by the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan, Armenia violated the ceasefire 831 times across the contact line between the troops of Armenia and Azerbaijan .
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandyan on Friday: “The statements of the Turkish leadership are absolutely unacceptable. These were the calls not for peace but for war,” Lavrov stressed. “These were calls to resolve the conflict by military means,” he said, adding that this absolutely contradicts the position of the co-chairs of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group.”
Statement by the MFA of Azerbaijan
“Starting from the early morning of April 2, 2016, the armed forces of Armenia increased fighting from their positions in the occupied territories, subjecting the armed forces of Azerbaijan along the line of contact and the adjacent densely populated areas under control of Azerbaijan to intensive fire with heavy artillery and large-calibre weapons. As a result of Armenia’s attacks and subsequent hostilities, 34 towns and villages along the line of contact were shelled, a number of Azerbaijani civilians, including children, were killed and wounded. Substantial damages were inflicted upon private and public property. Thus, 353 civilian buildings, including 314 residential houses, 3 schools, 3 kindergartens, 1 cultural centre and other civilian objects were either destroyed or damaged. Furthermore, 357 electricity poles, 3 power substations, 30 transformers, as well as water reservoirs, gas pipelines, roads and other property were damaged. An updated information on the consequences of attacks by the armed forces of Armenia as of 18 April 2016 is attached.”
During a keynote speech, Republican congressman Steve Chabot blamed the Obama administration for having stayed “typically silent” about the occupied Karabakh region.
Armenian Armed Forces’ “DJI PHANTOM” brought down.
Azerbaijani units used ‘special methods’ to bring down an Armenian Armed Forces’ “DJI PHANTOM” (quadcopter) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) while it was on intelligence gathering operations over Azerbaijani positions.
Armenian Armed Forces’ UAV destroyed
Azerbaijani units destroyed an Armenian Armed Forces’ “X-55” UAV while it was on intelligence gathering operations over Azerbaijani positions.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:
“The status quo does not provide any guarantees for the future and could again lead to an escalation of the situation.”