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Azeri Forces Capture Six Armenian Soldiers as Border Tensions Simmer

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Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan speaks during a parliament session in Yerevan, Armenia, on May 10, 2021. (Tigran Mehrabyan/PAN Photo via Reuters)

MOSCOW—Azerbaijan captured six Armenian servicemen in the early hours of Thursday morning, the defense ministries of both countries said, the latest twist in a simmering border dispute.

The Azeri defense ministry accused the Armenian soldiers of trying to cross into Azeri territory. Armenia’s defense ministry said its soldiers had been carrying out engineering work in the border area of its eastern Gegharkunik region, which neighbors Azerbaijan.

“Necessary measures are being taken to return the captured servicemen,” Armenia’s defense ministry said.

Armenia earlier this month accused Azerbaijan of sending troops across the border, highlighting the fragility of a Russian-brokered ceasefire that halted six weeks of fighting between ethnic Armenian forces and the Azeri army last year.

That conflict saw Baku drive ethnic Armenian forces out of swathes of territory they had controlled since the 1990s in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Azerbaijan on Tuesday denied accusations by Armenia that it had fired across the border at Armenian positions, in a shootout in which Armenia said one of its soldiers had been killed.

By Anton Kolodyazhnyy and Alexander Marrow

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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