Armenian military shot down an Azerbaijani Su-25 fighter with Igla MANPADS
YEREVAN, (BM) – The Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues, despite attempts by Moscow and other countries to reach a ceasefire ceasefire. BulgarianMilitary.com learned that Armenian artillery has shot down the Azerbaijani Su-25 attack aircraft using the Igla portable anti-aircraft missile system.
The attack happened a few hours ago, and the information about the incident is quite contradictory. According to field sources, the Armenian forces shot down the Azerbaijani Su-25. According to others, the same plane suffered very serious damage to the hull and it is not clear whether it crashed or managed to return to its base.
As we have reported in recent weeks, the air defense systems in Nagorno-Karabakh have been almost destroyed. Armenia is currently providing air defense support to the military in Nagorno-Karabakh, which is why the Azeris believed that their planes would not be threatened over the airspace of Nagorno-Karabakh. Sources report that even the Azeris use familiar foreign tactics – under the guise of a Turkish F-16, the Azerbaijani Su-25s strike. It is known so far that Baku has lost at least two of its available Su-25s.
However, military experts claim that the data provided by the Armenian side can be quite contradictory and even incorrect. They rely on a fact that is often forgotten – the use of Su-25 in such an area with densely populated mountain ranges is often a problem for Su-25, even when in the past they made training flights.
According to unconfirmed data, the Azerbaijani forces have lost in the last 24 hours another plane – the multi-engine target plane An-2, which is not clear whether the cause is a technical malfunction or was shot down by the Armenian 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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