YEREVAN, (BM) – Late last night [September 29 – ed.] An official of the Ministry of Armenia announced shocking data on the losses of the enemy (Azerbaijan – ed.] For the last three days since the fierce skirmishes, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the released information, Baku has suffered heavy losses of manpower, armored vehicles and military attack and transport helicopters. The Armenian official spoke of losses by Azerbaijan in 137 tanks, 7 helicopters, 72 drones and 1 plane, and about 800 soldiers were killed.
The information, as we said earlier, comes from a press conference of Artsrun Hovhannisyan, who is serving in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia. He added that according to unconfirmed information, the Azeris currently have approximately 1,900 wounded soldiers. The Armenian military confirmed that his country also suffered heavy losses, but they would be “announced tomorrow” [today September 30 – ed.]
So far, the information that reaches us is that today, on September 30, an artillery battle is being fought, with mutual shelling of positions between the two warring parties, as well as the operation of drones. However, military experts and analysts report that if the figures provided for the Azerbaijani losses turn out to be correct, ie. reaffirmed by Baku, the Azeris suffered very serious losses, both in manpower and equipment.
Another fact is impressive – both countries seriously avoid using their aircraft, and use occasional “mini air” attacks, which are actually mostly reconnaissance missions. According to experts, the non-use of both aircraft is due to the fact that both countries have quality air defense systems with a range of about 100 km. and the fear of losing more equipment and manpower was leading in their decision to “ground” the fighters for the time being.
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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