Armenia says Azerbaijan clashes may lead to war

STORY: Armenia and Azerbaijan, who have been fighting for decades over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, accused each other of starting a series of border clashes which began along their border late on Monday night.

In an interview with Reuters, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Paruyr Hovhannisyan said around 50 Armenian soldiers had been killed so far and three civilians wounded, though he cautioned that both figures would rise significantly.

Asked about the risks of escalation into a full-blown war, Hovhannisyan said: "There is a clear risk."

With Russia preoccupied with what it calls its "special military operation" in Ukraine, long-simmering tensions have boiled over in recent days in former Soviet republics in both the Caucasus and Central Asia.

"We need more attention from the international community to what has happened - we deserve more attention," Hovhannisyan said.