News, reports, media on combat in Karabakh. October 14, 2020
Putin and Erdogan discussed the situation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
“Both sides reaffirmed the importance of observing the humanitarian truce, an agreement on which was reached on October 10 in Moscow. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in favor of stepping up the political process, in particular, based on the developments of the OSCE Minsk Group
The Russian President expressed serious concern over the participation of militants from the Middle East region in hostilities … It is hoped that Turkey, as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, will make a constructive contribution to de-escalating the conflict, ”the statement posted on the Kremlin’s website says.
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: "Azerbaijani UAVs are not used against the civilian population"
Armenia, using all possible and impossible ways, continues to disseminate false information to the public, the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
“Another misinformation was the message that an alleged 14-year-old teenager was injured as a result of an Azerbaijani UAV strike.
We declare that the attack UAVs in service with the Azerbaijan Army are used only against the military equipment of the Armenian armed forces temporarily deployed in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, ”the ministry said.
14-year-old child injured from Azerbaijani drone strike
The boy’s family, living in the Vardenis community in Armenia, went this morning, as usual, to the field to work the land. The drone hit the car, which had already approached the field.
“The teenager was taken to the medical center with numerous injuries. He is currently in intensive care. Doctors say that his condition is serious. The child has a shrapnel wound in the chest area, ”said press secretary of the Ministry of Health Alina Nikoghosyan.
Bill on Recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh Submitted to French Parliament
This morning he entered the Lower House of the French National Assembly. The project is expected to be discussed in the next few weeks.
The Executive Director of the Fund for State Interests of Armenia David Papazyan said that for 10 days the organization lobbied for this issue, worked with journalists and members of the French parliament. They were provided with information about what has been happening on the contact line between Karabakh and Azerbaijan since September 27.
“We explained that the only real political way to resolve the issue is recognition of the independence of the Republic of Artsakh by the international community,” David Papazyan said.
"Armenia did not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh in order not to disrupt the process of peace negotiations" - President of Armenia
Armen Sargsyan stated this in an interview with the German newspaper Bild. He also spoke about Turkey’s involvement in the conflict in Karabakh. The President considers this situation dangerous not only for the South Caucasus. He sees only one opportunity to influence Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and stop hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh – the involvement of third, fourth parties in the conflict:
“However, this can intensify the escalation, so Armenia is very careful in this matter.”
Armen Sargsyan believes that the international community should react more rigidly to Turkey’s actions. The President called Ankara’s statements that Turkey protects energy resources and pipelines of a friendly country in Azerbaijan as absurd:
“If the Armenians wanted to strike at such infrastructures, they would have done it 20 years ago, not allowing Azerbaijan to earn billions.”
Having destroyed military targets on the territory of Armenia, we acted in the framework of international law - assistant to the President of Azerbaijan
Aide to the President of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev, stated that Armenia, grossly violating the humanitarian truce, is launching missile strikes at the settlements of Azerbaijan from its territory.
“We have neutralized military targets that have killed civilians. This step is in full compliance with international laws. According to these laws, we have the right to strike at military targets to ensure security, ”he said.
Azerbaijani army took control of eight more settlements - Ilham Aliyev
“Azerbaijan’s glorious Army has liberated Garadaghli, Khatunbulag, Garakollu villages of Fuzuli district, and Bulutan, Melikjanli, Kemertuk, Teke and Tagaser villages of Khojavend district. Long live Azerbaijan’s Army! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” – wrote the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on his Twitter.
Azerbaijan’s glorious Army has liberated Garadaghli, Khatunbulag, Garakollu villages of Fuzuli district, and Bulutan, Melikjanli, Kemertuk, Teke and Tagaser villages of Khojavend district. Long live Azerbaijan’s Army! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!
— Ilham Aliyev (@presidentaz) October 14, 2020
Armenia does not fulfill the requirements of the UN Security Council resolutions - spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
“14 October 1993 UNSC adopted resolution 874 calling for implementation of urgent steps provided in “Adjusted timetable”, including withdrawal of forces from occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Armenia hasn’t implemented demands of UNSC resolutions”, – Leyla Abdullayeva, spokeswoman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, wrote on her Twitter account.
❗️14 October 1993 #UNSC adopted #resolution 874 calling for implementation of urgent steps provided in “Adjusted timetable”, including withdrawal of forces from occupied territories of #Azerbaijan. #Armenia hasn’t implemented demands of UNSC resolutions.#StopArmenianAggression
— Leyla Abdullayeva (@LAbdullayevaMFA) October 14, 2020
"Turkish-Azerbaijani-terrorist plan to seize Artsakh by blitzkrieg failed" - Prime Minister of Armenia
In his address to the people, Nikol Pashinyan also stated that the July escalation on the Armenian border showed the inability of the Azerbaijani army to resolve the issue by military means:
“It was unexpected for everyone, including Turkey. After that, their joint exercises began. Turkey has transferred an unprecedented number of mercenaries from Syria to the region, realizing that Azerbaijan is not able to win. ”
Speaking about the negotiation process on the Karabakh conflict, the Prime Minister emphasized that Armenia has abandoned the negotiation formula, which ignores the right of Karabakh to self-determination:
“In previous years, the negotiation process on Karabakh reached a point where, in fact, the Armenian people were required to give up their own rights.”
Baku demanded to surrender 5 out of 7 districts, submit a timetable for the commissioning of the remaining two districts and fix that any status should be within Azerbaijan. The territories were to be surrendered in exchange for peace, Pashinyan said:
“Our government, which inherited this negotiating base, refused to discuss the issue in this form, considering it unacceptable.”
"It is not too late to resolve the conflict peacefully" - the President of Karabakh appeals to the people
The Azerbaijani Armed Forces took advantage of their impunity and violated the ceasefire by launching more powerful strikes, Karabakh President Arayik Harutyunyan said during a video message:
“In some areas, the enemy managed to wedge into the front line and move deeper.”
According to the President, the war against Azerbaijan and Turkey continues:
“There is only one way out – to force the enemy into peace. It is not too late to resolve the conflict peacefully, through negotiations. But if the enemy doesn’t want to, we are ready to fight to the end. We believe in our victory. I urge you to physically participate in defending your homeland. “
Ex-co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group from Russia: "negotiations on the Karabakh conflict with the participation of Turkey are an untenable idea"
The press secretary of the Turkish president said earlier that Ankara does not object to the proposal of the Azerbaijani president to hold quadrilateral talks on the Karabakh problem with the participation of Baku, Yerevan, Ankara and Moscow.
Vladimir Kazimirov believes that the proposed format is not only untenable, but also speaks of the one-sided position of the Turkish leadership:
“The fact that Turkey supported [the format of the quadripartite negotiations] means that instead of its objective co-chairmanship in the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia will arrange a pure ally of Armenia, the Karabakh Armenians, and Turkey itself will defend the interests of Azerbaijan.”
According to Kazimirov, the Turks in this case think only of themselves, and not of the region as a whole:
“Then what will Iran say, which is concerned, is in this region and is affected by this conflict?”
Azerbaijan Armed Forces launched rocket and artillery strikes on Martakert city - Karabakh Defense Army
The message also says that the enemy used military aviation in this direction:
“The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan continue to violate the humanitarian truce, targeting the peaceful settlements of Nagorno-Karabakh.”
"We will save the Armenians of Karabakh from the criminal regime of the junta" - Ilham Aliyev
“The Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh shouldn’t worry. We will save them from the criminal regime of the junta, and they will heal even better, even safer, and their well-being will increase, ”Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with the Turkish HaberTürk TV channel.
Read the main theses of the interview today on our website.
"Russia does not agree with Turkey's position on Karabakh" - Russian Foreign Minister
During his extensive interview with Russian journalists, Sergei Lavrov said:
“We do not agree with the position voiced by Turkey and which was expressed several times by President Aliyev. There is no secret here: we cannot share the statements that there is a military solution to the conflict”.
According to him, Russia regrets that Turkey was able to share this view of things and confirmed that it will support any actions that Azerbaijan takes, including the military.
Political settlement in Karabakh is possible - Russian Foreign Minister
“Peacekeepers should be deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh to control the maintenance of the ceasefire
The parties to the conflict must urgently meet through the military.
A political settlement in Karabakh is possible, ”Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, RIA Novosti writes.
Terter region undergoing intensive missile attack - Azerbaijani presidential aide
Over 100 artillery rockets have hit the city of Tartar and its villages this morning, Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev writes on his Twitter account.
“6 civilians have been wounded. One civilian was killed. Terter is the ‘Stalingrad’ of Azerbaijan against Armenia’s nazism”, he added.
Armenia's 'commitment' to humanitarian truce utter hypocrisy: since morning #Tartar city under heavy artillery attack. 100+ artillery missiles hit the city and its villages. 6 civilians wounded. One civilian killed. Tartar is 'Stalingrad' of Azerbaijan against Armenia's nazism.
— Hikmet Hajiyev (@HikmetHajiyev) October 14, 2020
The shelling of the city of Terter by the Armenian military on October 10. Photo by Reuters
Civilian killed as a result of shelling in Terter region - Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan
This morning, the Armenian armed forces subjected the territory of the Terter region to intensive rocket and artillery fire, the press service of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office reported.
“At about 9 o’clock in the morning as a result of shelling, a resident of the village of Narly, Terter region, Adavat Akhundov, born in 1969, was killed,” the ministry said in a statement.
Another Armenian missile system destroyed - Azerbaijani Defense Ministry
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reported “the destruction at 08:36 of another missile system located in the border regions of Armenia near the occupied Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan.”
“The missiles of the complex, like the previous ones, were aimed at Ganja, Mingachevir and other peaceful cities of Azerbaijan. There are no civilian objects in the territory where the destroyed complex was installed,” the ministry’s press service said.
‘Azerbaijani Armed Forces attacked military equipment, no casualties’ - Armenian Defense Ministry
The statement of the department says that the blow was struck on the territory of the Republic of Armenia on October 14, on the basis of the assumption that “the equipment was ready to strike at the peaceful settlements of Azerbaijan.”
The Armenian Ministry of Defense considers this assumption to be unfounded and states that so far not a single shot has been fired in the direction of Azerbaijan from the territory of Armenia.
“At the same time, we declare that from now on, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia reserve the right, according to the same logic, to strike at any military object or military movement in Azerbaijan.”
The Ministry of Defense assigns all responsibility for changing the logic of hostilities to the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan.
Stable tension remained on the contact line at night, fighting continues in the morning - Ministry of Defense of Karabakh
It is reported that artillery battles took place in some areas at night, and in the morning the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, violating the humanitarian ceasefire, resumed shelling in three directions along the front.
“The units of the Defense Army are taking adequate actions in all directions of the front line to stop the offensive actions of the enemy,” the statement of the Defense Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh says.
A number of settlements came under fire - Azerbaijani Defense Ministry
“On the night of October 13-14, the situation on the Agdere-Aghdam and Fizuli-Hadrut-Jabrayil areas of the front remained tense. At night, units of the armed forces of Armenia attacked the positions of the Azerbaijani army in some areas of the front. As a result of the measures taken, they were thrown back, suffering losses.
“The territory of Terter, Agdam and Agjabedi regions is under artillery fire in the morning. The Azerbaijani army is taking appropriate retaliatory measures.
The troops of the Azerbaijani army, observing the humanitarian ceasefire, retain their operational advantage along the entire front,” the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan: "Operational-tactical missile systems have been neutralized"
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan has announced the neutralization of operational-tactical missile systems which had been brought to a state of readiness on the Armenian side.
“On October 14, at about 01:00, the Armenian side recorded the deployment of several operational-tactical missile systems with missiles at the launching position in the border zone with the occupied Kelbajar region of Azerbaijan.
The missile systems deployed in this territory were aimed at the civilian population and civilian infrastructure in Ganja, Mingachevir and other cities of Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani army has taken preventive measures to curb the missile strike and prevent a repetition of another war crime similar to the one committed by Armenia on October 11 in Ganja.
As a result, operational-tactical missile systems were neutralized as a legitimate military target, and they were brought to a state of readiness to deliver fire strikes.
We declare that the entire responsibility for the aggravation of the situation rests entirely with the military-political regime of Armenia,” the press service of the department reads.
Summary of events as of the morning of October 14
Day 18 since the beginning of fighting in Karabakh.
• The 72-hour truce agreed upon by the parties to the fighting in Moscow on the night of October 10 has come to an end. Regardless, the ceasefire was not respected, and fighting continued after the signing, and fierce fighting and mass shelling of settlements on both sides was observed.
• The parties accuse each other of violating the humanitarian truce.
• The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent were thus unable to organise the mutual transfer of the bodies of the dead.
• On October 13, conflicting reports from the sides continued as to who controls the city of Hadrut in Karabakh.
• The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has released a video to prove the presence of Azerbaijani troops in Hadrut.
• However, it turned out to have been filmed in a village near the city.
• Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan met in Moscow with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (facilitating the negotiation process in the Karabakh conflict) from Russia and the United States.
• The meeting was also attended by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
• Mnatsakanyan stated that Azerbaijan “is deliberately targeting the civilian population and infrastructure” in Karabakh.
• The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry issued a refutation of this statement by the Armenian Foreign Minister.
• Baku believes that Yerevan ‘is trying to distract the international community from its actions to consolidate the results of Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan.’
News, reports, photos / videos on military operations in Karabakh for October 13, 2020