Tonoyan: Further escalation of hostilities in Karabakh will have unpredictable consequences for region


YEREVAN, October 9. /ARKA/. Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan received on Thursday the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia Georgy Saganelidze, the Armenian Defense Ministry reported.

It said at the request of the Ambassador, the Minister presented the information on the military actions initiated by Azerbaijan in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and their development.

Tonoyan stressed that further aggravation of the situation at the front could have unpredictable consequences for the entire region.

On September 27th the Azerbaijani military launched a large-scale offensive against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) using missiles, artillery and suicide drones against civilian populations in Artsakh’s capital Stepanakert as well as other civilian populations in and around Artsakh, as well as against certain areas of the Republic of Armenia’s town of Vardenis, causing death and injury to dozens of civilians.

According to official Armenian sources, some 4,069 Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed in the heavy fighting since September 27 when Azerbaijan launched a huge offensive against Nagorno-Karabakh along the entire line of contact and more than 5,000 have been wounded. Armenian troops have destroyed 496 tanks and armored vehicles, 4 MLRS Smerch and Uragan, 4 MLRS TOS-1A, 145 UAVs, 16 helicopters and 17 aircraft.

According to the defense ministries of Armenia and Artsakh, more than 350 Armenian servicemen have been killed and several hundred have been wounded. As a result of war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, 21 civilians have been killed and over 80 wounded.



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