Armenian Soldier Killed at Azerbaijani Border


Azerbaijani forces killed an Armenian soldier on Tuesday on the border between the enemy ex-Soviet states, the Defense Ministry in Yerevan said.

"Serviceman Vaghinak Baghdasarian was killed by enemy fire," a brief Defense Ministry statement said without giving further details.

The soldier was the 15th reported killed this year amid clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops along their border and on the frontline in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh.

Armenia-backed separatists seized Nagorny Karabakh from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s that left some 30,000 dead, and no final peace deal has been signed since the ceasefire.

Azerbaijan has threatened to take back the disputed region by force if negotiations do not yield results, while Armenia has vowed massive retaliation against any military action.

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