On the Azerbaijan side, seven soldiers have been killed and ten injured in military clashes on the border with Armenia, the defence ministry in Baku said. Armenia reported one soldier killed, 24 missing, and 13 captured.
Tension around the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has been rising again in recent days after last year’s six-week war. Both countries in the Caucasus agreed on a ceasefire on Tuesday after mediation by Russia. However, they accuse each other of violating the peace agreement.
The ceasefire is generally respected, according to Armenia. The army says it is intensively searching for the missing soldiers. Russia has taken on a mediation role in a possible prisoner exchange. Two Armenian military bases have come into the hands of Azerbaijan.
During the war that cost more than 6,500 lives, Azerbaijan regained control of much of Nagorno-Karabakh. Since the 1990s, the area, which is part of Azerbaijan, has been under the control of ethnic Armenian residents, with support from Armenia.