Armenian soldier killed on line-of-contact

On 01 June,  military authorities in Stepanakert announced the loss of 19-year-old conscript soldier, Sipan Melkonyan. According to the official report, Melkonyan died as result of an Azeri bullet at a military outpost along the line-of-contact near the city of Martuni, in eastern Nagorno Karabakh, the incident took place at 07:30 hours local time.

Military officials are currently investigating the issue. This comes amid heightened tensions between the two sides, and considering the low numbers of combat deaths this year, the killing of Melkonyan could be  retaliation for yesterday’s killing of Azeri officer, major Agil Omarov, and coincides the the start of the Conifa European Football Cup in Nagorno Karabakh.

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