Huge losses – at least 400 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed, tanks and aircraft destroyed
YEREVAN, (BM) – Two days ago [September 27 – ed.] Azerbaijan and Armenia renewed the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, but this time the military of both countries joined in full force, which is a prerequisite for a larger conflict, given the allies of the two countries.
BulgarianMilitary.com learned from the statement of the Deputy Commander of the Armenian Army Artsakh Artur Sargsyan that the Azerbaijani military has suffered heavy losses in the last two days, which include at least 400 Azerbaijani soldiers killed.
According to Sargsyan, Armenian forces have so far destroyed 47 armored vehicles, mainly tanks and 36 military attack and surveillance drones.
“In the last two days of fighting, Azerbaijani troops have lost more than 400 people. As of 5:00 pm on September 28, the following enemy losses were registered: 36 UAVs, 47 armored vehicles, more than 400 casualties,” Sargsyan told a news conference.
According to unconfirmed information from sources in the region, Baku’s losses are not limited to these figures. According to local sources, Azerbaijan has lost at least four military helicopters after being shot down by Armenian troops, as well as perhaps a military plane, the model of which is still unknown. However, it is believed that it was a landing plane, which was intended to transfer paratroopers to the heart of Nagorno-Karabakh to land in the rear of the enemy to help the Azerbaijani army.
Armenia has Russian air defense systems, which according to experts have been involved in the downing of Azerbaijani aircraft, which confirms the fact that Armenia has also used its available military resources, which it has so far successfully dealt with in the face of tactical blitzkrieg. Baku, obviously quite successful.
What’s happened to September 27 in Nagorno-Karabakh region
Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalated again on September 27 after the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan issued a special press release stating that the forces of the Azerbaijani army are launching a counter-offensive operation on the entire Nagorno-Karabakh front.
“The troops of the Azerbaijani army have launched a counter-offensive operation on the entire front,” the republic’s defense ministry said.
The official opinion of the Ministry of Defense is that military actions of the Armenian military units are being observed and that is why the Azeris have taken actions to repel and suppress them.
Under these circumstances, Washington, with the assistance of the embassies in Azerbaijan and Armenia, issued a special press release warning US citizens and their families to limit their travel on the border between the two countries.
“The US Embassy in Baku advises employees and their families not to travel outside the Absheron Peninsula. US citizens in Azerbaijan are encouraged to continue following local news. The embassy calls on US citizens to pay extra attention in public and to avoid any public demonstrations,” said embassy officials in the Azerbaijani capital.
Military analysts and diplomats from the US diplomatic mission announced that they continue to monitor and analyze what is happening at the border and will provide additional information if necessary.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.
During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.
In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.
The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.
At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.
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