Armenian soldier killed in conflict buried in Stepanakert

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(18 Oct 2020) A funeral ceremony was held on Sunday for an Armenian soldier who was allegedly killed during fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, hours after a cease-fire was announced.
The funeral ceremony in Stepanakert was attended by fellow soldiers and family members.
The latest truce, which was announced on Saturday and took force at midnight, was the second attempt to establish a ceasefire since heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27.
The fighting and shelling has killed hundreds of people — both combatants and civilians — and marks the biggest escalation of a decades-old conflict over the region in more than a quarter-century.
Meanwhile, worshippers attended Sunday prayers at Shusha's Holy Savior Cathedral, also known as the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral.
The dome of the historic cathedral was pierced by a shell that also damaged the interior on October 8.
Armenia accused Azerbaijan of the shelling, while Azerbaijan denied attacking the cathedral, saying its army "doesn't target historical, cultural and, especially, religious buildings and monuments."
Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Armenian government since 1994 at the end of a separatist war following the breakup of the Soviet Union three years earlier.

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