Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: High-ranking Armenian officers killed
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept.30
As a result of precise strikes by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the chief of artillery of the 18th motorized rifle division of the Armenian armed forces, Colonel Karen Babayan, was killed, Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel Anar Eyvazov said, Trend reports.
"On September 29, the commander of the military unit #13516 of the 61st separate engineering regiment of the Armenian army, Spartak Kocharyan, involved in military operations in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, was also killed. The commander of the 9th regiment of the 18th motorized rifle division, Artyom Pogosyan, was severely wounded," the spokesman emphasized.
The Armenian armed forces committed a large-scale provocation, subjecting the positions of the Azerbaijani army to intensive shelling from large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibers in the front-line zone on Sept. 27 at 06:00 (GMT+4).
The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population.
Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari Abdulrahmanli villages of Fizuli district, Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages of Jabrayil district were liberated.
Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of the Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.
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, 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.