On December 3, Azerbaijan said that nearly 2,800 of its soldiers were killed in the recent battle with Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“2,783 servicemen of the Azerbaijani armed forces were killed in the patriotic war,” the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said in an official statement.
According to the statement, over 100 Azerbaijani soldiers are still missing. At least 1,245 soldiers were wounded in the heated battle.
The Azerbaijani MoD had until now not disclosed any of its losses in the battle, which started on September 27. The battle ended on November 10 with a Russian-brokered peace deal that saw Armenia agreeing to a gradual withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Armenian Karabakh records documented the names of more than 1,100 Azerbaijani officers and soldiers killed before October 28.
The Ministry of Defense of Armenia has not disclosed the final death toll for its forces, thus far. However, the country’s Health Ministry revealed on November 14 that 2,317 Armenian service members were killed in the battle for Nagorno-Karabakh.
The heated battle also claimed the lives of dozens of civilians. 54 Armenians and 91 Azerbaijani were reportedly killed in the battle.
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan worked hard to hide their losses. Russia claimed in late October that around 5,000 people were killed in Nagorno-Karabakh battle. The Russian estimate appears to be on point.
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