İrem UZUN -TDO- Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday accused each other of reigniting their conflict in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh after fresh violence erupted in the occupied region. At least 23 people, including civilians and military, have died in fighting that erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijani forces and Armenian rebels in the occupied Nagorny Karabakh region, officials said. Armenia declared martial law and total military mobilization after clashes with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said. Azerbaijan’s parliament also approved the introduction of martial law across the country and imposed curfews, Hikmet Hajiyev, an aide to the president, said.
Armenia accused neighboring Azerbaijan of attacks on civilian settlements in the occupied region. "Our response will be proportionate, and the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan bears full responsibility for the situation," the Armenian Defense Ministry said in a statement. The ministry also said its troops shot down two Azerbaijani military helicopters and three drones after Baku’s forces began bombing the occupied enclave, including its capital, Stepanakert. However, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said it had launched a military operation along the "contact line" between the two countries “to suppress Armenia's combat activity and ensure the safety of the population.” The ministry confirmed the downing of only one Azerbaijani helicopter and said its crew had survived.
On Sunday, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged support for Azerbaijan during the new crisis while Russia, traditionally seen as an ally of Armenia, called for an immediate ceasefire and talks to stabilize the situation. Erdogan called Armenia "the biggest threat to peace and tranquility in the region".