Nagorno-Karabakh Armenian forces have retreated from a strategically important city

An Armenian Defense Ministry official said Armenian forces had left Gubadli south of the enclave to “avoid unnecessary damage”, but the situation was not critical.

Azerbaijan’s success in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict may make it difficult to reach a diplomatic solution.

Intense fighting resumed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on September 27.

Azerbaijani forces are reportedly being assisted by Turkish armed forces officers and Turkish-organized Syrian militants.

Baku rejects any solution that would allow Armenians to retain control of Nagorno-Karabakh.

There have been hostile relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia since the 1990s, when there was a war over Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian population.

Nagorno-Karabakh, which was part of the Azerbaijani SSR during the Soviet era, has been a “de facto” independent Armenian republic since the early 1990s. Although Azerbaijan has not controlled Nagorno-Karabakh since the collapse of the USSR, it considers the Armenian region to be its territory. Nagorno-Karabakh is also considered by the international community to be part of Azerbaijan, and no country has recognized the region as an independent state.

Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to hold a ceasefire on Sunday through the United States, but judging by the events on the ground, this has not been the case, as have the two previous ceasefires that Russia has helped to achieve.

Battles have taken place on several lines on the front line on Tuesday morning, according to the internationally unrecognized Ministry of Defense of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense reports that fighting is taking place in three front areas.

“The situation in the conflict zone remained relatively stable and tense at night. Artillery duels continued in several areas,” the Nagorno-Karabakh Ministry of Defense said, adding that the projectiles had hit several towns and villages.

The Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), led by France, Russia and the United States, is scheduled to meet with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Geneva on 29 October. Turkey has called for a greater role in this group.

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