Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire a total of 2,883 times in various directions along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in July 2018, according to the calculations based on the reports confirmed by the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry.
Armenians shelled Azerbaijani army positions using large-caliber machine guns, 60-mm mortars and sniper rifles.
In July, Azerbaijani army positions located in the districts of Gazakh, Tovuz, Gadabay, Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Khojavend, Goranboy were shelled by Armenia’s armed units.
The Azerbaijani Army was in full control of the operational situation along the entire line of contact.
On July 15, a reconnaissance-sabotage group of Armenia attempted to cross the line of contact of the troops in the direction of the Gazakh region of the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border. The attempt of the enemy to commit provocation was suppressed and a member of the sabotage group, which was forced to retreat - Karen Kazaryan (born in 1984), was taken prisoner.
A serviceman of the Azerbaijani army, soldier Samad Alyshov was killed as a result of the gross violation of the ceasefire by the Armenian armed forces in July.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.