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Nagorno-Karabakh conflict had ignited again

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict had ignited again

26-04-2016

The result of fighting at the Nagorno-Karabakh border in January and February 2016 four Armenian and four Azerbaijani soldiers were killed. 
The first victim of 2016 was a Nagorno-Karabakh soldier Aramayis Voskanian. In mid-February, Hakob Hambartsumyan, an Armenian herder from Vazgenashen, was killed by an Azeri soldier. 
In March, two Azerbaijani and one Armenian soldiers died close on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
In the beginning of April 2016, attacks along the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline lead to 88 Armenian and around 92 Azerbaijani soldier's deaths. During the fighting, an Azeri military helicopter, 13 unmanned drones were shot down and an Azeri tank was crashed.
During April 2016, in clashes 10 Armenian and at least one Azeri soldier were killed, also one Azeri civilian was found dead.

To those who is not familiar with this conflict here is quick recap of this prolonged dispute. It all started back in 1988 when Armenian populated part of Azerbaijan self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an independent state. Despite local conflicts dating back to beginning of 20th century it turned into a full-scale conflict in early 1990's. The war originally started within the borders of Soviet Union as both countries, Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of Soviet Empire, but once it collapsed in 1991 the conflict became international between 2 independent states. Backed by Republic of Armenia, Karabakh separatists attempted to push Azerbaijan army away from their borders on numerous occasions. Originally demands were presented in a peaceful manner. The self-proclaimed parliament of Nagorno Karabakh republic had voted in favor of reuniting with the republic of Armenia at the referendum, but after numerous of unsuccessful attempts to reach an agreement it gradually grew into violent conflict. 

The conflict had reached it's pinnacle of escalation in February 1992. An international committee was trying to find a resolution that both sides could work with but failed to do so. A year later the forces of regular army of Republic of Armenia successfully captured regions outside on enclave itself taking control of almost 10% of Azerbaijan territory. The result of the conflict has forced the mutual relocation of almost 1 million people away from their homeland.