Overjoyed Azerbaijanis celebrate in the streets of the capital Baku. Photograph: Getty

An agreement to end fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over Nagorno-Karabakh sets the stage for a more intense rivalry between Russia an(...)

A man waves the national flags of Azerbaijan and Turkey to celebrate in Barda, Azerbaijan, on Sunday, after  President Ilham Aliyev said the Azerbaijani armed forces had taken control of Shusha in the  Nagorno-Karabakh region. Photograph: Ahmed Mukhta/AP Photo

Azerbaijan claims to have seized the strategic city of Shusha in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but Armenia denied that it had fallen to Aze(...)

An Armenian soldier smokes a cigarette at  the frontline near Aghdam, Nagorno-Karabakh. Photograph: Alex McBride

In Stepanakert, the de facto capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, follow the cigarettes. Passed silently from man to man on street corners, makeshift shelters(...)

New graves for fighters killed in  the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict near headstones for the dead from the 1990s war,  at the military cemetery in Stepanakert Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

On the front line, the stench is overwhelming. The remains of fighters have been lying there for weeks. In the trenches, there is fear. The Armenians (...)

Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev said that if Turkey had been more involved in negotiations over the decades ‘this question would have been resolved long ago’.  Photograph: Azerbaijani presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Azerbaijan has rejected a Russian suggestion to send peacekeepers or military observers to Nagorno-Karabakh and insisted that its conflict with Armeni(...)

A woman stands in front of a destroyed house  in the Nagorno-Karabakh region’s main city of Stepanakert on Thursday, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

In Russia’s self-proclaimed sphere of influence, Russia is losing its influence. Concurrent crises in Belarus, Central Asia and the Caucasus region ha(...)

Ganja, Azerbaijan, after a recent shelling. The city lies in the west of Azerbaijan to the north of Nagorno-Karabakh, close to crucial oil and gas pipelines that run from the capital Baku to Turkey. Photograph: Azerbaijan Defence Ministry/EPA

Heavy fighting over the disputed Caucasus mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh intensified over the weekend as ethnic Armenian forces bombarded Azerbai(...)

A serviceman of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh in the village of Talish. Photograph: Reuters

Russia is taking the leading role in moves to calm the flashpoint Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh where a ceasefire between Azeri and ethnic-Arme(...)

Armenian artillery position of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh in Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh on April 3rd. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/ EPA/Photolure

International envoys will meet on Tuesday to try to end fighting in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. At least 36 people have reported(...)

Armenian volunteers in Yerevan on Sunday prepare to leave for the Nagorno- Karabakh region, where clashes with Azeri forces are taking place. Photograph: Hayk Baghdasaryan/Reuters/Photolure

World powers have issued urgent calls for calm after at least 30 people were reportedly killed in the worst fighting in decades over the disputed Cau(...)