YEREVAN, October 19. /ARKA/. Artsrun Hovhannisyan, spokesman for the Armenian defense ministry, presented Monday at a briefing in the Unified Information Center the situation on the Artsakh frontline.
“Today, from early morning, the fighting continued again. In the northern and southern directions, the enemy tried to carry out offensive actions. In the northern direction, he was thrown back. In the southern direction, the fighting continued for a long time, however, basically, the sides had practically no positional changes or movement of troops,” he said.
At the moment, according to Hovhannisyan, the intensity of the fighting has decreased to a certain extent. Losses will be reported additionally.
War in Artsakh
On September 27, at 07:10, Azerbaijani troops launched an offensive along the entire length of the contact line in Artsakh, but were thrown back in several directions. Intense fighting continues in the south, southeast and north of the front line. Turkey joined the aggression. Residential areas are being shelled as well.
Azerbaijan is supported by the Turkish Armed Forces and foreign mercenary terrorists recruited by it. The Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression encounters a decisive rebuff from the Armenian Armed Forces along the entire frontline.
The Azerbaijani side suffered losses in manpower (more than 6,259 people killed and thousands wounded) and equipment, in particular, 195 UAVs, 4 units of TOS – 1A, 4 Smerch and Uragan MLRS, more than 566 tanks and other armored vehicles, 16 helicopters and 22 aircraft. According to the data of the defense ministry of Armenia and Artsakh, more than 725 Armenian servicemen were killed and hundreds wounded on the Armenian side. Also 37 civilians were killed and more than 116 wounded on the Armenian side.
On October 9, following the meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Jeyhun Bayramov, with the mediation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, an agreement was reached on a ceasefire from 12:00 on October 10 for humanitarian purposes for the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of the dead. Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, on the basis of the basic principles of the settlement, are starting substantive negotiations with the aim of achieving a peaceful settlement as soon as possible. Two times humanitarian ceasefire agreements were reached, but Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire by opening fire at the opposite side and carrying out rocket attacks on residential areas.
Martial law and general mobilization were declared in Artsakh and Armenia.