On October 5, the Armenain leadership finally admitted that the situation on the frontline in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, where Azerbaijani forces have been advancing since September 27, is ‘complicated’ and called on reservists to return back to the Armed Forces.
“In some areas, the Karabakh Defense Army confidently controls the situation, in some areas the situation is very difficult. I do not hide it,” Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said via his Facebook page.
He also called on the servicemen demobilized a year ago to rejoin the armed forces.
“Our legislation does not allow them to be mobilized even in wartime, but I urge you to mobilize,” he said. “You should know that this is a struggle for the right to life. Otherwise, we will be subjected to genocide.”
The prime minister said that he was calling them not to a simple service, but to the battle “between life and death”. Pashinyan also declared that he is confident in the Armenian victory.
The mobilization of personnel showcases the real situation in which the Pashinyan government appeared amid the developing war with Azerbaijan. Nonetheless, it should be noted that fresh troops only, without modern weapons, experienced commanders and instructors, will not be able to turn the tide of the conflict. In the worst case scenario, this may just increase casualties of the Armenian side.
The press secretary of the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (also known as the Republic of Artsakh, a self-proclaimed independent state in the Nagorno-Karabakh region) also confirmed that Armenain forces retreated in several areas. According to hims, this was done to avoid additional causalties and inflict additional damage to Azerbaijani forces.
Meanwhile, President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian said that perhaps Armenia will have no other alternative besides recognizing the Republic of Artsakh and openly providing support to it. Despite the heavy presence of Aremnain forces in Karabakh and the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh region is deeply integrated in Armenia, for all this years, the Armenian leadership has not made steps to recognize it as an independent state or as a part of Armenia. Such actions have not been initiated even after the start of the open war with Azerbaijan in the region on September 27.
On top of this, it should be noted that the modern Armenia is a parliament republic and most of political power is concetranted in the hands of the Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan. The Pashinyan group is well-known for its pro-Western and anti-Russian position that became the main reason of the weakening position of Armenia in the region that crated conditions for the Azerbaijani-Turksih push in Karabakh. Even in these conditions, the Pashinyan government continues providing a ‘strange war policy’ making no needed steps and limiting the Armenian military response in the face of the military defeat from the hands of Azerbaijan and Turkey. According to local sources and experts, this posture is a result of the need to keep conditions in which the modern Armeinan leadership will be able to continue providing its anti-Russian course. As to the help from the so-called West, expectedly, nobody is hurrying up to protect the Armenias from the threat of ethnic cleansing in Karabakh.
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