Fighting has broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the Armenian government has declared martial law and total military mobilization.
Martial law and General mobilization will be declared in #Armenia. @NikolPashinyan: I call on the personnel attached to the troops to report to their territorial military recruitment offices. For the sake of the homeland, for the sake of victory
— Government of Armenia (@armgov) September 27, 2020
The neighboring nations, both former Soviet republics, have been mired in a decades-long standoff over the contested Nagorno—Karabakh region, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but has a majority ethnic Armenian population that has been running its own affairs since Azerbaijani forces were pushed out during a war in the 1990s. A ceasefire was brokered in 1994, but there have been flare-ups since, and Sunday’s escalation appears to be the worst since 2016, Al Jazeera reports.
Both sides have