*Azerbaijani army continues its military operations to liberate territories occupied for nearly 30 years by Armenian forces, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
In a statement, the ministry said the country’s forces were carrying out operations of varying intensity in the regions of Agdere, Khojavend, Fuzuli, Hadrut, Qubadli and Lachin throughout the night.
Armenian forces opened fire with tanks, artillery, and mortars, while the Azerbaijani army continued activities in the main directions in accordance with operation plans, expanding the areas under their control, the statement added.
The Armenian troops in Qubadli withdrew with manpower and equipment losses, with many of the soldiers sent from the region of Tsaghkadzor in Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh neutralized, it said.
According to the statement, the Azerbaijani army destroyed two tanks, two armored vehicles, four D-30 howitzers, one 2A36 Giatsint-B gun and seven cars belonging to the Armenian forces in different locations on the front.
Upper Karabakh conflict
Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Upper Karabakh.
Four UN Security Council resolutions and two from the UN General Assembly, as well as international organizations, demand the “immediate complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces” from occupied Azerbaijani territory.
In total, about 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory — including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions — has been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group — co-chaired by France, Russia, and the US — was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail. A cease-fire, however, was agreed to in 1994.
World powers, including Russia, France, and the US, have called for a new cease-fire. Turkey, meanwhile, has supported Baku’s right to self-defense and demanded the withdrawal of Armenia’s occupying forces.
*Turkish war correspondents who have been away from their families in Azerbaijan for weeks.
*The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry publishes footage of the use of unnamed high-precision weapons in Karabakh. Most likely, loitering ammunition, aiming at an immediate target, which occurs at the final stage of the flight.
Strikes are applied to manpower, armored vehicles, MLRS, artillery and stationary infrastructure.
*President of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan is holding a meeting of the operational headquarters in the building, apparently, of some kind of children’s institution.
*Servicemen of Azerbaijan in the area of the Talish village.
*The NKR Defense Army publishes photos of another shot down drone of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
*The NKR Defense Army publishes footage of the destruction of the military equipment of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
*The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry demonstrates the captured military equipment of the Armenian / NKR Armed Forces in the Gubadli direction.
*The Ministry of Defense of Armenia demonstrates a domestically produced kamikaze drone.
*The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry publishes footage of strikes on targets ,artillery, armored vehicles and ammunition storage sites.
*Russia installed a military base in southern Armenia
*According to information from our sources in Tehran, the large-scale transfer of Iranian troops to the border with Azerbaijan is caused by an underestimation of the scale of Azerbaijani army offensive and such a deep advance in the Iranian border area. This radically changes the existing balance at the border in the face of further uncertainty (namely, how the conflict will develop further).
Therefore, it was decided to strengthen the Iranian groupings in the region with additional forces with heavy equipment, including tanks. Also, the work of all types of intelligence has intensified.
*It’s amazing how in almost every war in the post-Soviet space there is a case of an MLRS rocket hitting a ZIL-131 !!! What’s in the Donbass, what’s in Karabakh. This car clearly has a certain amount of magnetism.
*Work of 122-mm howitzers D-30 of the Armenian army
*The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan announces Kubatly under his control
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*Official announcement of the US State Department on the truce achieved between the parties to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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*Summing up the results of the fourth week of the Karabakh war.
Surprisingly, the week was very eventful.
From a military point of view, it is important for the Azerbaijani army to close the border between Karabakh and Iran. This clearly came as a surprise to Iran, which forced Tehran to actively transfer troops, including artillery and tanks, to the border area. According to our sources in Tehran, the Iranian leadership has not yet fully realized the new situation, which is forced to respond quickly to a change in the balance of forces on its border.
On the battlefield, the parties continued to use the same tactics as before – the Azerbaijani army focused on the use of UAVs, artillery, MLRS and TOS, while the Armenian army also relied on artillery, as well as the actions of sabotage and reconnaissance groups.
Among the characteristic features of the week, we note the massive use of reconnaissance UAVs by the Armenians, as well as the refusal to use operational-tactical missiles to strike deep behind enemy lines.
It cannot be ruled out that the Azerbaijani side will start using manned strike aircraft, starting from Friday-Saturday.
But the most important events took place outside of the geographic conflict. The role of a mediator in it was obviously assumed by the United States, and with the tacit consent of Russia, which, in the person of Vladimir Putin, at the Valdai Club, continued to adhere to a very accurate rhetoric.
The apparent failure of the “Lavrov armistice” has created an opportunity for an agreement on the “Pompeo armistice”, which takes effect tomorrow morning. Given the US election week, it can be assumed that a small diplomatic victory will not hurt Trump, which means that this time the truce can indeed be observed more responsibly. Moreover, a week of respite will definitely not hurt the parties.
In any case, the conflict has started already in the second month of its history and so far no reason for a lasting peace is visible.