YEREVAN, October 31. /ARKA/. Artsrun Hovhannisyan, spokesman for the Armenian foreign ministry, presented Friday at a briefing the situation on the frontline in Artsakh.
“Early this morning, earlier than usual, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched attacks in several directions. In the northern direction, after a short artillery preparation, infantry forces tried to attack in the direction of several positions. They were immediately defeated and thrown back with significant losses,” he said.
Hovhannisyan said that throughout the day the fighting continued also in the southern direction, north of the Araks River and in the direction of some heights.
“Our armed forces have certain positional advantages, but the fighting continues and I cannot say anything concrete at the moment. There were two separate processes in the central direction: first, in the direction of Martuni-Chartar all day they tried to break through the frontline with rather intensive military operations, mainly, with attacking groups without the use of military equipment and under the cover of artillery fire. At the moment, there are no positional changes in this direction, stubborn battles are underway,” Hovhannisyan said.
The defense ministry spokesman said that along with this, battles with raider and terrorist groups continued in the direction of villages and forests near Shushi and west of Karmir Shuka. Hovhannisyan recalled a Syrian mercenary who was captured.
He noted that, in general, military equipment is used limitedly, since the artillery and anti-tank weapons of the Defense Army immediately destroy large mobile targets.
War in Artsakh
Since September 27, Azerbaijani troops have been carrying out military aggression along the entire length of the contact line in Artsakh, conducting artillery and rocket attacks, including against civilians and civilian infrastructures. Strikes were also carried out at civilian and military targets on the territory of Armenia.
The Azerbaijani side is supported by the Turkish Armed Forces and the foreign terrorist mercenaries recruited by it. The Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression encounters a decisive rebuff from the Armenian Armed Forces along the entire frontline.
According to the official reports on the Armenian side, Azerbaijan sustains huge losses in manpower. Its death toll since the beginning of the war is 6,854. Also 223UAVs, 16 helicopters and 25 aircraft have been downed as well as 632 armored vehicles and 6 TOS units have been destroyed since the beginning of war. More than 1,110 Armenian servicemen have been killed and several hundred people were wounded. As a result of the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, 39 civilians were killed and 122 wounded in Artsakh.
Since the beginning of the war, there have been three attempts to establish a humanitarian ceasefire. All three agreements, which were reached on October 10 through the mediation of the Russian Federation, on October 17 through France and on October 25 through the mediation of the United States, were violated by Azerbaijan.