YEREVAN, November 4 /ARKA/. Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan signed decrees on Tuesday dismissing a number of officials, the president’s press service reports.
Earlier that day, Harutyunyan announced his intention to fire those government officials who left the republic from the first days of the war, assuring that proportionate decisions would be made against them all – dismissals and other sanctions, appropriate to the situation and provided for by law. At the same time, he expressed his readiness to give one more chance to all those who realized the seriousness of their irresponsible act and from now on will display commitment to the noble cause of fulfilling their civic duty to the Motherland.
Thus, Rudik Martirosyan dismissed as assistant to the Artsakh president, Eric Verdiyan and Sasun Gabrielyan as deputy prosecutors general and Armen Soghomonyan as member of the State Statistical Council.
The powers of Yeghishe Arzumanyan, a member of the Artsakh Central ElectoralCommision, were prematurely terminated.
The president also approved the government’s decisions, according to which Arkady Soghomonyan was relieved of his post as first deputy minister of labor, social and environmental issues, David Avanesyan was dismissed as deputy minister of urban development, Eric Grigoryan as head of the staff of the ministry of education, science and culture, Gagik Hayrapetyan as head of the staff of the State Revenue Committee and Artak Arustamyan as assistant to the administration for government affairs of the presidential administration.
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 7,050. Also 249 UAVs, 16 helicopters and 25 aircraft have been downed as well as 675 armored vehicles and 6 TOS units have been destroyed since the beginning of war. More than 1,070 Armenian servicemen have been killed and several hundred people were wounded. As a result of the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, 46 civilians were killed and 142 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.