The Armenian defense Ministry says that on Thursday in the North-East of the state border of the country’s armed forces shot down the tank of the Azerbaijani army, and destroyed the artillery, which was fired on nearby communities. A message posted in Facebook press-the Secretary of the military Department Shushan Stepanyan.

"of the Armenian armed forces knocked out tanks, destroyed artillery, firing positions of the enemy, who shelled our settlements and positions," she said.

Stepanyan said earlier that the Azerbaijani side last night tried to commit sabotage, and then began shelling of Armenian border villages.

Armenia said the worsening situation on the border

The Azerbaijani defense Ministry, in turn, reported on July 16 about the shelling from the territory of Armenia of residential houses and household plots in the village of Gushchu Gondar border in Tovuz district of the Republic. The Ministry argued that the Armenian army for the last days almost 90 times violated the ceasefire regime in various directions of the front, including artillery.

"the shelling of the Armenian armed forces Dondar Gushchu village of Tovuz district shells fell on houses and gardens. Home and personal farms suffered severe damage. Among the civilians there were no injuries", – told reporters the head of the press service of the defense Ministry Vagif Dargyakhli.

"Divisions of the Armenian Armed forces using large-caliber machine guns, sniper rifles, 60-, 82 – and 120-mm mortars and other artillery, during the day violated the ceasefire regime in various directions of the front 89 times".

In particular, according to the defense Department, the positions of Azerbaijani army in the village Munjuglu border of Tovuz district and in the villages Karaveliler, Zamanly and at the nameless heights in the Gadabay region were fired from the territory of neighboring Berd and Chambarak regions of Armenia. Also reported shelling of the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces from the territory of settlements in Karabakh-adjacent regions, which are under the control of the Armenian armed forces. "returning fire, the enemy was suppressed, our units fully control the operational situation", – stated in the message.

The situation on the Northern sector of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border intensified on 12 July. In Azerbaijan, said the attempt of the Armenian armed forces to attack the positions of the army of the Republic, artillery, in Yerevan called the cause of growing attempts from the Azerbaijani side. In Baku reported 11 dead soldiers of the Azerbaijani army in three days of clashes, including Generalmajor Polad Gashimov. Yerevan announced the deaths of four and wounding 10 soldiers.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in February 1988 and was caused by the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh declared about secession from Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed conflict of 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control over the region and seven adjacent districts. Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within the OSCE Minsk group, which is chaired by Russia, USA and France.