Azerbaijani Defence Ministry Claims to Have Destroyed Armenian S-300 in Nagorno-Karabakh


by Evgeny Mikhaylov

Both Yerevan and Baku have accused each other of attacks along the line of control and published videos, depicting the destruction of drones, aircraft, tanks, and armoured vehicles of the opposite side.

The Azerbaijani military on Wednesday announced that it had destroyed an Armenian S-300 missile system in Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku also claimed that at least 2,700 Armenian troops had been killed and wounded in the recent clashes.

“Yesterday, during the fighting on the territory of Shushakend, in the Khojavend district [the line of contact in Karabakh], an enemy S-300 anti-aircraft missile system was disabled”, the ministry said.

The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry previously said it had “completely destroyed” an Armenian regiment during the clashes, which Yerevan rejected as fake news.

Clashes in the region erupted on Sunday, with Baku declaring partial mobilisation and launching a “counter-offensive”, claiming that Armenian forces had attacked the Azerbaijani military. Yerevan, in turn, denied the claims and accused the Azerbaijani side of aggression, also declaring full mobilisation and martial law.

Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy, proclaimed independence from what was then Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991.
This resulted in a major military conflict that lasted until 1994 when the sides agreed to start peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group. Karabakh remained an unrecognised state and ties between Baku and Yerevan have remained tense due to the frozen conflict.



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