Azerbaijan's president declared Friday that his forces have taken control of the Aghdam region, a territory ceded by Armenia in a cease-fire agreement that ended the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.
In a televised address, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev called Armenians who destroyed property as they fled a "wild enemy".
On Thursday, people celebrated in Baku, with cars parading through the city with flags of Azerbaijan ally Russian Federation and Turkey.
Americans and Europeans are not at all concerned that their provocative activities could lead to new bloodshed when the region becomes once again embroiled in a harsh war, the official said. That war left not only Nagorno-Karabakh itself but substantial surrounding territory in Armenian hands.
The Russian peacekeeping force of some 2,000 troops has deployed to the administrative centre of the region, Stepanakert, and set up checkpoints and observation posts along the strategic Lachin corridor connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.
Azerbaijani forces have entered Aghdam district bordering Nagorno-Karabakh following 27 years of occupation. Armenians are forced to leave their homes before the region is handed over to control by Azerbaijani forces.
After the peace accord was signed last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said total fatalities that include dozens of civilians had surpassed 4,000 people. Before the post-Soviet war it was inhabited by 130,000 people - mostly ethnic Azerbaijanis who were expelled from their homes.
Azerbaijan's protection service said its powers had entered the Agdam locale, a region outside Nagorno-Karabakh that Armenian powers needed to surrender under the truce bargain.
The presidency announced Friday the replacement of defence minister David Tonoyan. Azerbaijan has not disclosed its military casualties.
It was celebrated as a victory in Azerbaijan, but sparked mass protests in Armenia, with thousands regularly taking to the streets to demand the ouster of the country's prime minister.