Yerevan (Armenia). At least 15 soldiers were killed in a fire at an Armenian military base early Thursday. The Defense Ministry said the fire broke out at a barracks in the village of Azat in eastern Armenia’s Gegharkunik province. According to the ministry, seven soldiers were injured in the incident and the condition of three of them is critical.
Armenia’s Defense Minister Suren Papikian told a cabinet meeting that the fire started because soldiers were using gasoline to light the stove. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has sacked General Vagram Grigoryan, in charge of a group of forces in the region, over the incident. The prosecutor has started the investigation of the case.
Gegharkunik region shares border with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan and Armenia have a dispute over Nagono-Karabakh for decades. Ngono-Karabakh is in Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia. In September 2020, in a six-week war, Azerbaijan’s army moved deep into Ngono-Karabakh and drove out Armenian forces. Subsequently, in November that year, Armenia had to accept a peace deal brokered by Russia.
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