YEREVAN, October 21. /ARKA/. Artsrun Hovhannisyan, spokesman for the Armenian defense ministry, in an interview with the Public Television of Armenia, commented on the pace of Azerbaijan’s advance in Artsakh, as well as attempts to break through the positions.
According to Hovhannisyan, in the places of the breakthrough, the numerical superiority of Azerbaijan was almost 12 times. He said that military history practically does not know cases when a force exceeding 12 times, during seven or eight days moved a maximum of 1-2 kilometers per day.
“There is a concept of “offensive pace”. The advanced armies of the world set records: advancing 30-40 kilometers per day and having an advantage of 5-6 times. Our enemy had a 10-12-fold advantage, and could advance 1-2 kilometers a day. From a military point of view, it is a shame,” he said.
Hovhannisyan said that, according to international experts, the enemy did not succeed in a classic breakthrough.
“They organized two or three “shock fists “, consisting of dozens of large units of 10-20 thousand people, in which there were special shock divisions, more than 100 tanks, the same amount of other military equipment: infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, etc. 200-300 large-caliber artillery pieces and dozens of large-caliber MLRS. And these “fists” could not break through the classic line, could not provide a gap,” he said.
A spokesman for the Armenian defense ministry said that about a week ago, three days without interruption, the enemy conducted artillery preparations from several hundred artillery pieces in the northern direction in order to make a breakthrough in two or three positions.
“In the direction of one of the positions, 700-800 people went on the attack, and they could not reach a breakthrough: they were thrown back and they left 200-300 bodies,” Harutyunyan said.
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 6,309 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.