Europa League game moved from Armenia amid rising conflict

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"This is not a war between Karabakh and Azerbaijan, or Armenia against Azerbaijan".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday it was unacceptable that the three countries were involved in a search for a ceasefire in a disputed Caucasus region given they neglected problems there for some 30 years. An Armenian government source said they were in grave condition.

Turkey and Azerbaijan have both denied the reports or that Turkey is interfering militarily in the conflict. Ankara was giving only moral support, he insisted.

Armenia said one of its warplanes was shot down Tuesday by a fighter jet from Azerbaijan's ally Turkey, killing the pilot, in fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian Armed Forces are subjecting the villages of Hindiristan, Alibeyli, Ahmadagali and Safarli (Aghdam district) to a massive artillery bombardment despite repeated warnings from the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Trend reports on Oct.2 citing the ministry.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have both claimed that the other is using foreign mercenaries.

The Armenian official news agency, "Armenpress", said seven civilians and 80 soldiers had been killed since the outbreak of the fighting.

The rival Caucasus nations have been locked in a bitter stalemate over the Karabakh region since the collapse of the Soviet Union when the ethnic Armenian province broke away from Azerbaijan.

Tuesday evening, Russia President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Mr Pashinyan at the request of the latter.

Putin reiterated the need for an immediate ceasefire.

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It was not clear if the reported civilian death was from that incident. "Hopefully this year will be the last", he said. Azerbaijani officials previously acknowledged five deaths and 19 injuries as a result of Armenian shelling.

His comments are likely to fuel tension with his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies as fears mount that the conflict could draw in regional powers Russian Federation, which has a military base in majority Christian Armenia, and Turkey, a close ally of mainly Muslim Azerbaijan.

Pakistan warns that conflict could compromise peace and security of the entire region and urged Armenia to stop its military action.

On Wednesday, Azerbaijan released footage of what it said had destroyed two "enemy" tanks, and said an Armenian battalion had fled the area around Tonashin. "Hopefully this year will be the last", he said.

Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh region began in 1988.

"It is extremely important that the terms of Canada's expectations of non-violation of human rights is always respected and we will have more to say as more becomes clear".

They called on the parties in conflict to take "necessary measures to stabilize the situation on the ground", adding that there is no alternative to a peaceful negotiated solution of the conflict.

Abdullah, a pseudonym, said that he was sent to Nagorno Karabakh "wearing Azerbaijani uniform" just after the outbreak of the fighting.

Armenia and Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilisation on Sunday, while Azerbaijan imposed military rule and a curfew in large cities.

Since the 1994 ceasefire there have been numerous border clashes, which escalated to a four-day war in 2016 followed by renewed border clashes in 2018 and again this past July.

The incidents signalled a further escalation of the conflict despite urgent appeals from Russian Federation, the United States and others to halt the fighting.

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