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Armenia and Azerbaijan Reject Peace Talks as Violent Conflict Grows

Armenia and Azerbaijan Reject Peace Talks as Violent Conflict Grows

Clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued into a fourth day on Wednesday as the spiraling conflict threatens to explode into an all-out war.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, ethnic Armenian separatists seized the region from Azerbaijan in a war that killed at least 30,000 people.

Dozens have been reported killed, including civilians, along with hundreds wounded.

“Intense fighting continues,” Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, adding that military operations were currently underway “along the entire front line.”

Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stepanyan issued a similar update via Facebook saying “artillery engagement continues along the entire front line in [Nagorno-Karabakh] at present,” Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported on Wednesday.

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