Clashes have damaged out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area, with no less than one Azerbaijani helicopter shot down.
Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan mentioned Azerbaijan had launched an air and artillery assault.
Azerbaijan mentioned it was responding to shelling alongside the entire entrance. Either side have reported civilian deaths.
The long-running battle has flared up once more in current months.
Each Armenia and Azerbaijan have been a part of the Soviet Union earlier than its collapse in 1991.
For 4 a long time they’ve been caught in an unresolved battle over Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as a part of Azerbaijan however managed by ethnic Armenians.
What are the 2 sides saying?
The Armenian Defence Ministry mentioned an assault on civilian settlements, together with the regional capital Stepanakert, started at 08:10 native time (04:10 GMT).
It mentioned it had shot down two helicopters and three drones, and destroyed three tanks.
“Our response will probably be proportionate, and the military-political management of Azerbaijan bears full accountability for the scenario,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Later spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan mentioned a lady and little one had been killed, and additional stories of casualties have been being verified.
The authorities within the separatist area introduced martial regulation and “complete army mobilisation” of the male inhabitants.
In the meantime Azerbaijan introduced a “counter-offensive operation of our troops alongside your entire entrance to suppress the fight exercise of the armed forces of Armenia and make sure the security of the civilian inhabitants”.
Intensive shelling of a number of villages had led to civilians being killed or wounded, and extreme injury to infrastructure, its Defence Ministry mentioned.
It added that one helicopter had been misplaced however the crew had survived, and 12 Armenian air defence methods had been destroyed. It denied different losses reported by Armenia.
Tensions final flared into battle in 2016, with the nations clashing over the disputed territory for 4 days.
The Organisation for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has lengthy been making an attempt to mediate a settlement of the battle, with diplomats from France, Russia and the US – making up the OSCE Minsk Group – making an attempt to construct on a ceasefire.