Azerbaijan reveals losses of Armenia's armed forces in recent clashes
BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 17
The Azerbaijani media, citing the Investigative Committee of Armenia, has spread information about Armenian armed forces allegedly losing four soldiers and having 36 more wounded as a result of recent armed clashes with Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.
The ministry said the news was an absolute fake, as Armenia is trying to hide the real losses on the battlefield.
"The armed forces of Armenia lost about 100 servicemen killed and wounded as a result of the fighting in the direction of the Tovuz district. As always, Armenia exerts itself to hide its military losses from the public. But after a while the truth will come out and it will be forced to admit the losses,” the ministry said.
“We urge the Azerbaijani media not to disseminate the false information published by the Armenian side, and to expose the fake news."
The hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan have escalated in recent days to a boiling point, when on July 12 afternoon, while grossly violating the ceasefire regime in Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district on the Azerbaijan-Armenia state border, the Armenian armed forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani positions by using artillery.
As a result of the appropriate measures, the Armenian armed forces were silenced.
Azerbaijan lost sergeant Vugar Sadigov and corporal Elshad Mammadov, who died repelling the attack. Another serviceman of Azerbaijan's army Khayyam Dashdemirov died from wounds, despite the doctors' efforts.
The tensions continued on the border, July 12 night. During the night battles, by using artillery, mortars and tanks, the Azerbaijani armed forces destroyed a stronghold, vehicles, as well as killed Armenian servicemen on the territory of the Armenia’s military unit.
Azerbaijani senior lieutenant Rashad Mahmudov was killed during the battles.
The battles continued on the night of July 13. Major General Polad Hashimov, Colonel Ilgar Mirzoyev, Major Namig Ahmadov, Major Anar Novruzov, Ensign Ilgar Zeynalli, Ensign Yashar Babayev and soldier Elchin Mustafazade became martyrs during the battles.