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Armenian MOD statement on the Dec 12 clashes

Armenian MoD provided details on the December 12 attack by the Azerbaijani Forces in the Hadrut region

On December 12, units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, accumulating additional personnel and military equipment, including heavy artillery, in violation of the requirements of the tripartite declaration signed on November 9, launched an attack on the villages of Hin Tagher and Khtsaberd in the Hadrut region of the Artsakh Republic, the RA Ministry of Defense informs.

As a result of several hours of fighting, the enemy managed to enter the village of Hin Tagher, as well as approach the village of Khtsaberd. Due to the resumption of hostilities and the Azeri provocation, the Armenian side has six wounded, the enemy has casualties and wounded.

The RA Ministry of Defense strongly condemns the provocation carried out by the Azerbaijani armed forces. The current situation has nothing to do with the key demand of the statement signed by the Leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan - the cessation of hostilities, and endangers the fragile peace achieved through the direct efforts of the Russian President.

The actions of the Azerbaijani side immediately became a subject of discussion with the leadership of the Russian peacekeeping contingent stationed in Artsakh. The RA Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan, who is in the Russian Federation on a working visit, also discussed this issue during a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

It should be added that late last night, as well as at the moment, negotiations are underway in the Hadrut region between the Armenian, Russian and Azeri military to resolve the situation and return the parties to their former positions. Additional information on further developments in the situation will be provided, the RA Ministry of Defense reports.

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