On October 21st, Azerbaijan reported that it downed 3 Armenian UAVs.
The two UAVs were destroyed in the Fizuli direction, and one in the Terter direction of the front.
It also said that more equipment was either destroyed or simply abandoned by the Armenian side on the battlefield, releasing the video above to prove the claims.
According to Azerbaijan’s MoD, fighting continues along the entire front, and their forces have the upper hand, controlling the operation.
During the day on October 21 and on the night of October 22, the combat operations in the Aghdere-Aghdam, Fizuli-Jabrayil, and Zangilan-Gubadli directions continued with varying intensity.
The Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijan’s positions using small arms, mortars, and howitzers.
“As a result of the operation carried out by the Azerbaijan Army in the Gubadli direction, the defending units of the Armenian Armed Forces were forced to withdraw from important high grounds and a number of positions, losing personnel and military vehicles,” the MoD claimed.
On the morning of October 22nd, the Armenian forces began shelling Azerbaijani positions, no casualties have been reported.
Also, on October 22 in the morning, the territory of Azerbaijan was exposed to ballistic missiles fired using an operational-tactical missile complex from the territory Armenia.
“The enemy fired 3 missiles in the direction of the Siyazan region at about 07.00, 2 missiles in the direction of the Gabala region, and 1 missile in the direction of the Kurdamir region at about 09.00.”
The report was immediately rebuffed:
“The statement of the Azerbaijani side that Armenia launched ballistic missiles in the direction of Gabala and Kurdamir is complete nonsense, a cynical lie. No missiles were fired from the territory of the Republic of Armenia towards Azerbaijan,” Armenian Ministry of Defense spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan said.
Around the same time, according to the Armenian side, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were firing artillery in the direction of Martuni and surrounding villages. There is no information about injuries or damages.
The situation in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani contact line remained relatively stable but tense during the night. Artillery duels continued in some areas.
At the moment, localised battles are taking place in all sectors of the front line. In addition to fierce battles, the enemy also carried out subversive incursions in the central direction, which were successfully prevented by the Defence Army.
“Forces of the Defence Army continue to foil the adversary’s intentions of changing the tactical situation in their favour, and continue to fulfill the combat task set before them,” the Armenian MoD reported.
In addition to the evidence of the Artsakh Ministry of Defense about the use of the Czech artillery installation DANA (152-mm) by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces during the hostilities, there is also video footage of these installations on the front line by Azerbaijani journalists.
Additionally, a new recording was released purportedly proving the presence of Syrian mercenaries in Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Take us out of this swamp," a mercenary fighting for the Azerbaijani army says in a call to someone in #Turkey. This recording is further evidence of the presence of mercenaries recruited from Syria by #Azerbaijan and the direct involvement of #Turkey #ArmeniaAgainstTerrorism pic.twitter.com/hq8mDszM4P
— Armenian Unified Infocenter (@ArmenianUnified) October 22, 2020
Turkey expressed its readiness to officially enter the conflict, as per Vice President Fuat Oktay:
“If Baku turns to us, we are ready to send troops to Azerbaijan. Russia failed to resolve the crisis in Artsakh, and the problem cannot be solved without Turkey.”
Separately, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that a peaceful settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh is possible if the alliance member Turkey stops interfering in the conflict.
In Moscow, Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Zohrap Mnatsakanyan met with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.
The key discussed points included:
- As a continuation of the telephone conversations of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the proceedings on the cessation of hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with the mediation of Russia, RA Minister for Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan met with Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov on October 21 in Moscow.
- The agenda of the meeting included issues related to the operational situation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the implementation of the ceasefire agreements.
- Having highly appreciated the efforts of Russia and specifically of President Putin in obtaining agreements on a ceasefire, Minister Mnatsakanyan stated that the agreements reached remain on paper due to the treacherous manner of Azerbaijan and its steps aimed at destabilizing the situation.
- Minister Mnatsakanyan reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to the obligations taken by Armenia in the joint Moscow ceasefire statements of 10th and 17th of October. He highlighted as a top priority the establishment of a stable truce backed by verification mechanisms.
Essentially, Armenia appears to be hoping for Russia to step in more assertively, even though in recent years it’s policy has been almost exclusively anti-Russian.
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