Armenia Says Peacekeepers “Welcome” In Nagorno-Karabakh Amid Developing Azerbaijani Advance

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Armenia Says Peacekeepers "Welcome" In Nagorno-Karabakh Amid Developing Azerbaijani Advance

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On October 22nd, the Artsakh Ministry of Defense released a new video purportedly showing Syrian militants in Nagorno-Karabakh, fighting alongside the Azerbaijan Armed Forces.

“Various sabotage groups of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan penetrate into different settlements in the front-line zone trying to create panic, often just take pictures, sometimes they burn houses in settlements. These enemy groups are very small in number – after one counterattack, they run away from these settlements, do not return for a long time. The brightest evidence of this is Hadrut and Fizuli,” Armenian Ministry of Defense representative Artsrun Hovhannisyan said.

He also said that battles were raging along the Artsakh-Iranian border.

“Fierce battles are taking place on the Artsakh-Iran border. Full control of Azerbaijan is out of the question. If their troops see the Araks River in some narrow places, this does not mean full control,” Artsrun Hovhannisyan said.

He also claimed that Azerbaijani forces tried to advance west, north and northwest but were suppressed.

A new video was released showing presumed losses by the Azerbaijan side.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan claimed that UN peacekeepers being brought in was a desirable scenario.

“The introduction of peacekeepers is acceptable to us. I can say that Azerbaijan’s views on the composition of peacekeepers will not coincide with Armenia’s views on this issue. If we talk about compromises, then the presence of Russian peacekeepers can also become a compromise version. The Russian Federation has good relations with both Azerbaijan and Armenia. It is very important to reckon with the views of other regional countries, it is important that specific peacekeeping forces stabilize the region, and not vice versa.”

So far, according to officially released numbers, 900 Armenian soldiers have lost their lives fighting on the frontline.

An Azerbaijani prisoner of war spoke about Turkish specialists who prepared soldiers of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces for war.

According to him, they trained soldiers of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces for 10-15 days.

“They are still there,” he said.

The Iranian Telegram channel Azariha showed the destruction of houses of residents of Iran’s border settlements caused by the actions of Azerbaijani troops placed along the Iranian borders.

“Instead of deploying its positions in the north-south direction, the Baku forces turned to the east-west direction.

On the other hand, Azerbaijan sends drones to Iran and has deployed militants on the Iranian border.

Isn’t it time for the Iranian army to declare a buffer zone in the depths of Nagorno-Karabakh?”, The Telegram channel wrote.

On the Azerbaijan side, during the day on October 22 and on the night of October 23, the combat operations continued with varying intensity in the Aghdere, Fizuli-Hadrut-Jabrayil, and Gubadli directions.

The Armenian forces fired at Baku’s positions using small arms, mortars, and gun-howitzers.

“Heavy strikes were inflicted on the armed forces of Armenia in the Fizuli, Jabrayil, and Gubadli directions of the front, several enemy strongholds were destroyed, important territories and high grounds were liberated as a result of the operations conducted by the Azerbaijan Army.

The main resources and military infrastructure of the enemy along the entire front were irreparably damaged. There is a shortage of military equipment, weapons, and ammunition, as well as food in the enemy units. The enemy practically lost control of the troops. Due to the lack of regular army units to defend combat positions, civilians are forcibly brought in to replace them.”

Azerbaijani President Ilham Alyiev claimed that the entire Azerbaijan-Iran border had come under Azerbaijani control.

“With the liberation of Aghband settlement, taking full control over the state border between Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran was ensured. I congratulate the people of Azerbaijan and Iran on this occasion. Long live the victorious Azerbaijani Army!” President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has made a post on his official Twitter account.

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