Azerbaijani Defense Ministry gives update on current hostilities
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.21
Hostilities continued with varying intensity in the Agdere, Fuzuli-Jabrayil, and Gubadli directions of the front on October 20 and on the night of October 21, Trend reports referring to the Ministry of Defense.
According to the ministry, the Armenian Armed Forces fired at the defensive positions of the Azerbaijani army from small arms, mortars, and artillery.
As a result of the operations carried out by the army in the Jabrayil and Gubadli directions of the front, the defending units of the 18th motorized rifle division of the Armenian forces retreated, having suffered losses in manpower and military equipment.
On the defensive line of the 5th mountain rifle regiment, Armenian positions, as well as a large number of weapons and ammunition were captured. The regiment’s artillery chief, the commander of the artillery battalion, and the commander of the 4th battalion along with the personnel were killed.
In the defensive sectors of the Armenian Armed Forces’ 6th and 7th mountain rifle regiments, there are killed and wounded among the personnel. Among those killed is also the deputy commander of the regiment Vahan Sarkissian.
During the fighting, 3 artillery installations, several mortars and 3 trucks with personnel of the Armenian forces were disabled.
The troops of the Azerbaijan Army control the operational situation along the entire length of the front.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.
Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.
The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.
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, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.