Armenia attacks the Azerbaijan city of Ganja with a Russian Iskander ballistic missile
YEREVAN, (BM) – As it became clear yesterday, the Armenian military subjected the Azerbaijani city of Ganja, which is located in the northwestern part of the country and is the second largest city in Azerbaijan after Baku, to a project attack, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to various sources, the Armenians attacked the air base of the Azerbaijani forces in the city, but from many other video footage spread on the Internet, it can be seen that the rocket attack was also on the city, with civilians injured.
Military experts have denied initial allegations that Ganja was attacked with multi-missile systems because of the scope of the systems themselves and because of the mountainous region from which they are believed to have been fired, namely the Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to Russian news agencies, the Armenians used the Russian Iskander ballistic missile, which is capable of inflicting such damage and would easily overcome the distance and influence of the high mountainous regions of Karabakh.
Other experts do not miss the opportunity and suggest that in addition to Iskander, Armenia has used other Russian systems, namely Point-U, but only if the systems in question are located in the territory of the Armenian Republic and not in Nagorno-Karabakh, because their scope would not be sufficient to strike.
The largest military airport in the country is located in the air base of Azerbaijan in Ganja, and so far there is no information about the damage, as well as their volume.
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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