STEPANAKERT, YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—One Armenian soldier was wounded late Tuesday after what the Nagorno-Karabakh Army press office described as an attack by Azeri units in an attempt to overrun Karabakh positions, reported ArmRadio.
The cease fire breach took place at 6:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday near the village of Chailu in northeastern Karabakh, at the same place where on June 18 Azeri forces launched an attack, killing four Armenian soldiers.
According to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic army spokesman, Senor Hasratian, told RFE/RL that the Karabakh soldier who was wounded was 19-year-old Rudik Manaserian. Doctors at a military hospital in Stepanakert told RFE/RL on Wednesday that Manaserian underwent surgery and is now in “satisfactory” condition.
“The Armenian servicemen on duty noticed the movement of an enemy special task force on time and took appropriate measures,” said the Karabakh army report, adding that following the Armenian response the Azeri forces retreated, suffering losses. According to Azeri Defense Ministry sources, seven Azeri soldiers died during the attack.
“The incident that occurred in the northeastern direction of the line of contact between the armed forces of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan (in the vicinity of Chailu village) once again proves that official Baku intends to perpetuate the instability in the region not only through periodic war rhetoric, but also frequent acts of sabotage at different parts of the contact line,” the Karabakh Defense Army said.
“The Azerbaijani side is quick to blame the Karabakh forces at every turn. The official and non-official Azeri propaganda machine remains committed to this version of the story,” added the statement.
“Once again Azerbaijan showed its true face. However, the enemy retreated, suffering losses as a result of the appropriate measures taken by the Armenian side. As usual, they are spreading false information,” said Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian in response to Azeri reports that blamed the Karabakh army for the cease fire violation and claims that the Karabakh side suffered three losses.
The attacks come on the eve of a scheduled visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Baku. It remains to be seen how this latest violation of the cease fire by Baku will play out during Medvedev’s visit.