On 28 July 2021, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged fire for several hours along the border between Armenia’s Sotk village and Azerbaijan’s Kalbacar district. Armenia’s Defense Ministry claimed that three of its soldiers were killed and two others were injured, while Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry claimed that two of its soldiers were injured in the skirmish. Military officials from each country accused the other side of initiating the altercation. Fighting ended after both sides accepted a ceasefire proposal by Russian officials.