Azerbaijan and Armenia agree to a pause in fighting

Search and rescue teams in Ganja, Azerbaijan, work at the blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh on October 17, 2020.

(CNN)Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to a "humanitarian ceasefire" in the conflict over the contested enclave of Nagorno Karabakh on Saturday -- one week after truce brokered by Russia fell apart, according to a statement from the foreign ministries of both countries.

The new agreement -- set to start at midnight local time (4 p.m. ET Saturday) -- was announced after both sides earlier in the day accused each other of attacks that violated the Moscow-brokered, week-old peace deal.
The dispute dates to the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Nagorno Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan, sparking a violent conflict that ended in a shaky 1994 ceasefire.
    Armenia backed Nagorno Karabakh, which established a de facto independence that is not recognized by most of the world. Though it sits within Azerbaijani territory, the region is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
    Armenia has said the current flare-up is between Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked to his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts on the phone Saturday to emphasized the need for the truce to hold, according to Russia's Foreign Ministry.
    Arayik Harutyunyan, leader of the contested region, welcomed the new peace effort, saying in a statement, "The Republic of Artsakh confirms readiness to observe the humanitarian truce on a reciprocal basis," in line with the ceasefire agreements brokered by Moscow on Saturday and one week ago.
    Nagorno Karabakh is called Artsakh by Armenians.
    Before the latest ceasefire attempt Saturday, Azerbaijan accused Armenia of a rocket attack against its second-largest city, Ganja, killing at least 13 civilians -- including three children -- and wounding more than 50 others.