Anti-aircraft missile system Osa shot down an Azerbaijani multi-role aircraft [video]
YEREVAN, (BM) – Military action in the territory and in the skies over Nagorno-Karabakh continues on a daily basis, with both sides publishing conflicting data on the enemy’s destroyed equipment or lost their own equipment. BulgarianMilitary.com continues to rely on sources and correspondents on the front lines of the conflict who send their materials.
Just a few hours ago, a video was spread on social networks and by some media about how an Azerbaijani single-engine multi-purpose An-2 plane was shot down from a missile launched by Russian-made Osa anti-aircraft missile system. This missile system is in service among both the Armenian military and the Azerbaijani military.
Confirmation of the identity of the aircraft (that it belongs to the Azerbaijani forces – ed.) Comes from the Armenian side, who also claim that this aircraft was in unmanned mode and carried out intelligence on the location and distribution of enemy troops, as well as the location of the enemy’s air defenses. Almost half a month ago, it became clear that Azerbaijan has managed to modify and update the functionality of the aircraft to unmanned control.
According to various sources, whose information is still contradictory, in the last few weeks Azerbaijan has lost dozens of such planes, which were also shot down through the use of anti-aircraft missile systems. Some satellite photos show a steady decline in the number of such aircraft among Azerbaijani airports, which may confirm to some extent that they are the most frequently shot down aircraft by Artsakh’s army and the air defense systems used.
Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Minister was ‘killed’ by a Bayraktar drone
According to information from the front line and some local sources, the Azerbaijani army managed to assassinate the commander-in-chief of the defense of Nagorno-Karabakh, Lieutenant General Jalal Harutyunyan. Some Russian and Azerbaijani media have released a video of the assassination attempt by a Turkish-made Bayraktar drone in service with the Azerbaijani army.
So far, in addition to the Azerbaijani side, confirmation of the assassination attempt on the Commander-in-Chief of Nagorno-Karabakh has also come from some Armenian media, which write that Jalal Harutyunyan was indeed in the car. However, the Armenian media did not confirm the death of their general, but only that he was seriously wounded. BulgarianMilitaries. com cannot confirm whether the general was killed or wounded, but the Wikipedia page claims that he died on October 27 this year [the information in Wikipedia is not reliable, given that anyone can edit in page – ed.].
Information about the possible death of Lieutenant General Jalal Harutyunyan may be credible, as military experts have noted the demobilization of Nagorno-Karabakh forces in recent days, losing some key defense territories. According to local sources, 45% of the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is the scene of military clashes.
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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