Armenia used S-300 system and intercepted two missiles over Yerevan [video]
YEREVAN, (BM) – As we announced the day before, the Armenian army has deployed Russian S-300 anti-aircraft systems to protect the country’s territorial integrity. Tonight [October 2 – ed.] Baku fired two missiles in the direction of the Armenian city of Abovyan, which is located near Yerevan, but the S-300 managed to successfully intercept and destroy them, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Against the background of the fighting and the conflict between the two countries for Nagorno-Karabakh in purely historical terms, the Apmen are the first in the world ]excluding Russia – ed.] To use the S-300 in real combat conditions after the creation and development of this product before nearly 40 years.
According to military analysts and sources, the possible missiles from Baku were also Russian – Tochka-U, but this is information that cannot be confirmed at the moment, but is only assumed. In a few days, it will become known exactly what kind of fire the Azerbaijanis fired, after analyzing the damage to the missile and confirming its combat standards.
According to unconfirmed information and based on the opinion of military experts, the two Azerbaijani missiles had a trajectory of destruction in the direction of a nuclear power plant located in the region. The interception was carried out at a distance of about 50 km. before striking [before hitting the target – ed.], which if we take the main characteristics of the S-300 means a few seconds before the impact.
There are no reports of casualties during the interception and destruction of the missile.
The use of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft systems is proof that during the night the situation in Armenia was not easy at all, but on the contrary – tense, extraordinary and dangerous, requiring adequate intervention of the country’s anti-aircraft forces.
The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan also reports about the shelling of the territory of Armenia.
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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