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Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, The fighting broke out on Armenia's eastern border with Azerbaijan (file pic)

A number of people have been killed and wounded in a flare-up of violence on the Armenian border with Azerbaijan.

Armenia's defence ministry confirmed the losses. Officials said two combat positions had been lost and that it had asked Russia to help defend its territorial sovereignty.

Azerbaijan made big gains in a six-week war fought last year over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tensions have remained since the conflict ended in a shaky peace deal.

Armenia blamed Azerbaijani troops for the latest outbreak of fighting, and Azerbaijan said its forces had responded to an Armenian attack on its positions.

According to Armenia's foreign ministry, Azerbaijani forces attacked the eastern border as part of a policy that began in May aimed at infiltrating two Armenian areas, Syunik in the south-east and Gegharkunik in the east.

The government in Yerevan has appealed to Russia and the rest of the international community to help secure a withdrawal of Azerbaijani forces.

The November 2020 peace deal, brokered by Russia, came after a war in which more than 6,000 people were killed. Some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers were deployed to patrol the area in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.