Over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have again violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 70 times to further escalate the tension.

The Armenian military was using large-caliber machine guns, grenade launchers, sniper rifles, 60, 82 and 120-millimeter mortars and the other artillery mounts, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The enemy was suppressed by retaliatory fire, and the Azerbaijani army fully controls the operational situation. 

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.