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Azerbaijan on Tuesday launched a military operation against the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, warning it would "continue until the end" in the territory, over which it has fought two wars with neighbouring Armenia.

The latest flare-up in violence came as Russia, the traditional power broker in the region, was bogged down in a conflict in Ukraine.

Fears of a fresh war in the volatile Caucasus region have been growing recently, with Armenia accusing Azerbaijan of a troop build-up around the disputed Armenian-majority territory.

Separatists said Azerbaijan on Tuesday pounded the mountainous territory with artillery, combat aircraft and attack drones. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called it a "ground offensive."

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