On December 27th, an “illegal Armenian armed group” allegedly encroached on areas under control by Azerbaijan’s forces, the Ministry of Defense reported.
According to the report, 6 Armenian soldiers were killed, and 1 Azerbaijani soldier was lost in return.
“On December 27, at about 15:30, an illegal Armenian armed group or a detachment of six remnants of the Armenian armed forces that remained in the territory attacked the units of the Azerbaijan Army in the direction of the Aghdam (Akaku) village of the Khojavend region. As a result of the attack a serviceman of the Azerbaijan Army, soldier Ganbarov Elmir Rayil was killed and soldier Aliyev Emin Suleyman has been injured. The wounded soldier was evacuated to a medical institution after providing first medical aid, and nothing threatens his life.
As a result of the actions taken, all six members of the illegal Armenian armed group were annihilated.
If such a case would happen again, the Azerbaijan Army will take firm measures.”
The Azerbaijani side is waiting for a situation like this, be it an actual one or a false flag, to carry out a security operation.
It could also be considered evidence that the forces are carrying out exercises, which the Ministry of Defense openly advertises.
Armenian media called this incident a false flag and reminded that a few weeks ago 6 Armenian soldiers vanished while lost in a forest in Hadrut region.
“If you remember several days ago six Armenian soldiers were rescued from Hadrut region forests, where they got lost.They were able to make a call, and before it was traced by Azeri forces, the soldiers were discovered by Russian peacekeeping and Armenian forces. Soldiers mentioned in one of the interviews that the original group consisted of 21 member and decided to split in order to survive. Independent analysts and sources mention there might be couple of hundreds of lost soldiers in Hadrut region. Yesterday the Armenian segment of internet spread the news of a young soldier, Vanik calling home after 91 day of being missing. According to Azerbaijani MOD the fights erupted some time after. You can make your own assumptions.”
Ahmad Shahidov- Human rights defender, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights made some interesting claims on Twitter, entirely in line with the values of “democracy and human rights.”
The #Armenian people have a disease, the Armenian society has been suffering from this disease for many years – they declare everything in the world as their own. The name of this disease is Armenian!
— Ahmad Shahidov (@shahidovcom) December 28, 2020
A new war with #Armenia is now inevitable … This time the war will go to the territory of Armenia … #Azerbaijan should create a 20-30 km security zone for itself, which may be in the territory of Armenia only…
— Ahmad Shahidov (@shahidovcom) December 27, 2020
Azerbaijan also put Artsakh President Araik Haratyunyan on the international wanted list, and there is a possibility of a military operation to capture the official.
The #Azerbaijani government has officially put the terrorist @Pres_Artsakh Araik Harutyunyan on the international wanted list. Operations may be carried out in #Khankendi (#Stepanakert) to capture him pic.twitter.com/JFAzVT9mGd
— Ahmad Shahidov (@shahidovcom) December 28, 2020
In response to the situation, the Artsakh authorities released a statement:
“The Azerbaijani side continues to spread misinformation about the alleged attack by an “Armenian armed group “on a unit of the Azerbaijani army yesterday.
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan also spoke about this recently. As we announced a few hours ago, we confirm that throughout yesterday, until this moment, not a single unit of the Azerbaijani Defense Army, not a single serviceman took part in any operations, there was no emergency situation registered, no not a single shot from the Armenian side.
At the same time, the statement of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan cannot be called otherwise than a propaganda provocation. The Azerbaijani Defense Army continues to strictly observe the ceasefire regime, ” the Defense Ministry of the Artsakh Republic said.
Finally, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made a statement saying that snap elections were possible under certain conditions, he also spoke of CSTO, opposition and Syunik.
“I suggest a mechanism by which everyone’s voice is heard. This is a mechanism for creating public solidarity. The debate is over who should decide the fate of the government. The fate of the government must be decided by the people. The pre-election campaign is an opportunity for everyone to stand before the people, to voice the accusations and present evidence.
At the time of the signing of the November 9 agreement, more than 90 percent of Kubatlu and Zangelan was under the control of Azerbaijan, so there was a verbal realization that certain border points should be clarified there. At the time when it was clear that a war could break out over this issue and that it could pass to the Syunik region, we took measures to ensure the security of Syunik. The essence of the measure taken is that the zone under control coincides with the territories within the CSTO area of responsibility.
There are no such words as Syunik, Meghri, or corridor in the agreement. The red line is our territorial integrity. Yesterday Upper Lars was closed for all types of cars. If it turns out that we can have railway communication with Russia, Iran through Nakhichevan, will it be good news for us or bad? How do we imagine that we should go to Russia through the territory of Nakhichevan and Azerbaijan, but Azerbaijan can’t go to Nakhichevan through our territory? Pashinyan on Nakhichevan-Azerbaijan connection through Armenia
The opposition had all the opportunities to ensure the generation of the masses around the resignation of the Prime Minister during this period. They have huge media, financial, organizational resources, which the government doesn’t have, but it’s obvious that this demand hasn’t been received and will not receive public support. Let’s not think of coup d’etat and internal conflict scenarios, but allow the people to resolve this situation.”
Protests against him continue, as he refuses to give up power, and also refuses to acknowledge any mistakes, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is not in full chaos, thanks to the Russian peacekeepers, in Armenia the situation, however, is quite chaotic.
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