Billboards about Khojaly genocide in center of Kyiv
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
Billboards with information about Khojaly genocide were placed in Kyiv's center - Khreshchatyk street in Ukraine.
The billboards were placed by Azerbaijan-Ukraine International Alliance on the initiative of the Alliance's chairman Elmar Mammadov.
The billboards inform about the Armenian invaders' crimes and Azerbaijani population's kill in Khojaly on February 25-26, 1992 by Armenians.
"Our aim is to bring information about the Khojaly genocide to Ukraine's citizens and foreigners staying in Kyiv," said Mammadov.
Billboards with information about the Khojaly genocide is planned to be placed in other cities of Ukraine, according to him.
On Feb. 25-26, 1992, the Armenian military, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi, committed genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. Among those 613 killed in the massacre, there were 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people.
Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. A total of 487 civilians became disabled as a result of the onslaught. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.
The event became the largest massacre in the course of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.