STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources) — Nagorno Karabakh authorities said on February 25 that its troops repelled attacks by Azerbaijani armed forces in the southeastern and eastern sections of the front line.
The military leadership in Nagorno-Karabakh said its troops “spotted and repulsed” attacks by Azerbaijani forces and that several Azerbaijani soldiers were killed in the fighting, while the Armenian side suffered no casualties.
“There are several bodies [of Azerbaijani soldiers] in the neutral zone. The Armenian side suffered no dead or wounded,” Karabakh’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry confirmed the clashes, but blamed Artsakh.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on February 27 that the bodies of the soldiers were removed some 48 hours after the clashes with the help of international organizations — including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Initially Baku had denied that the soldiers were Azeri.
It also admitted casualties, without specifying a number, and said the Karabakh forces had launched an unsuccessful offensive for the purpose of “improving their positions.”