Azerbaijan shot down a Russian helicopter over Armenia [video]
YEREVAN, (BM) – Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh and military action between the unrecognized republic and Azerbaijan continue for another day, despite attempts by third parties to try to reach a ceasefire. BulgarianMilitary.com monitors everything that happens in the area, which continues to be the hottest spot on the planet at the moment.
Yesterday [November 9 – ed.], the Azerbaijani military shot down a Russian helicopter and killed the two pilots of the aircraft. The incident took place on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the Russian helicopter is a Mi-24 model. According to field sources, as well as Azerbaijani sources, the helicopter was hit by a missile fired from a portable anti-aircraft missile system [MANPADS]. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry confirmed the involvement of the Azerbaijani military in the downing of the helicopter and apologized to Moscow. “The Azerbaijani side apologizes to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident,” the apology said in a channel through diplomatic channels.
Russia has also confirmed that it has lost a Russian helicopter on the border between the two countries [Armenia and Azerbaijan – ed.], With an official press release saying the helicopter was carrying out a military mission by escorting a military convoy. The statement said both pilots were killed and a third crew member managed to survive and was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.
The Mil Mi-24 [NATO code name: Hind] is a combat helicopter developed in the Soviet Union by the helicopter manufacturer Mil. The Soviet and Russian pilots refer to their machines as “flying tank” or “crocodile”. The mujahideen gave him the nickname Shaitan Arba [Devil’s Chariot]. The Mi-24’s ability to transport troops is unusual for a combat helicopter.
The Mi-24 is equipped with two shaft turbines and has a main tail rotor arrangement with a five-blade main rotor.
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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