News, reports, media on combat in Karabakh. October 27, 2020
Erdogan calls Putin, developments in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict discussed
On the initiative of the Turkish side, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kremlin’s official website reports.
“…The development of events in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed. The Russian side expressed deep concern over the ongoing hostilities, as well as the increasingly large-scale involvement of terrorists from the Middle East in clashes. Vladimir Putin noted that he is in contact with the leadership of both Azerbaijan and Armenia and the steps being taken to achieve an armistice as soon as possible and de-escalate the crisis, ”the statement reads.
Summary of situation on the front from the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, map of military operations in Karabakh
Armenian Defense Ministry representative Artsrun Hovhannisyan stated that difficult tactical battles are taking place at the front. In the morning, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces continued fighting in different directions along the front, in addition, a number of settlements were subjected to rocket fire. According to Hovhannisyan, the Azerbaijani armed forces tried to break through in the direction of Berdzor (Lachin) and the southern border of Armenia, but failed:
“UAVs and artillery did not help – Azerbaijan has lost its technological advantage.”
A spokesman for the Armenian Defense Ministry said that, having achieved success on flat terrain, the Azerbaijani army is trying to attack in mountainous and forest areas, but here it is not so successful.
Trump expresses disappointment over ceasefire violation
US President Donald Trump said the continued escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh following the Washington-mediated ceasefire violation was “disappointing”, expressing optimism that both sides would settle relations, but did not provide any other details.
Armenian government's strategy on Nagorno-Karabakh issue will not change - Prime Minister
Nikol Pashinyan spoke on the Public Television of Armenia. In his address to the people, he declared that a fierce but heroic struggle was going on. And it shows that the Armenian people cannot be broken, their will is unshakable. And the government and the people are united as never before.
Pashinyan said the struggle for the rights of the people of Karabakh will continue:
“The Defense Army of Karabakh has the personnel and weapons necessary for the solution of the assigned tasks. We will not allow any internal or external force to sow doubts about our free and happy future.”
Azerbaijani Armed Forces fired on peaceful settlements of Karabakh, three people were injured - State Emergency Service of Karabakh
The ministry said that in the afternoon the Azerbaijani Armed Forces subjected the town of Berdzor to Kashatagh region by artillery fire, there is a lot of destruction. In the second half of the day, the city of Martuni was bombarded by military aviation. A blow was dealt to civilian infrastructures, public and economic facilities. There are no casualties here, but significant material damage has been caused. “The village of Nngi, Martuni district, was fired from the Smerch multiple launch rocket system. Three women were injured by cluster bombs. One house was completely destroyed, other houses and infrastructure in the community were damaged to varying degrees, ”the message says.
Armenian Defense Ministry refutes statement on shelling of Azerbaijani Barda region
The press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan wrote on her Facebook page that the statement of the Azerbaijani side about the shelling from the territory of Armenia in the Barda region of Azerbaijan is untrue and is a provocation:
“Neither the Armed Forces of Armenia, nor the Armed Forces of Karabakh launched missiles in this direction.”
"Minsk group, or group of death ?!" - comment from Baku
“After the armistice on October 10, initiated by Russia, a blow was struck in Ganja, where 10 civilians were killed. After the armistice on October 17, on the initiative of France, a blow was again struck at Ganja, 14 people died. Barda was bombed today after the US ceasefire on October 26, killing four more. It is unclear whether this is the Minsk group, or the death group ?! ” – the famous Azerbaijani blogger Habib Muntezir wrote on his Facebook page.
"Turkey is like a weightlifter who needs to order more and more weight to win" - comment from Yerevan
Lragir.am political observer Hakob Badalyan wrote on his Facebook page:
“Erdogan’s recent haughty statements about the United States [that Turkey is not afraid of US sanctions] and France [spoke offensively about President Macron] are more likely to be regarded as a sign of powerlessness than omnipotence.
Overall, Turkey is like a weightlifter who needs to order more and more weight to win. With each new one, he realizes how much the possibilities have diminished. But there is no longer a chance to stop, since abandoning the claims will not lead to a worse place in the competition, but to drop out of the game.
At this stage, Erdogan’s Turkey becomes, of course, very dangerous for everyone, but no less dangerous for itself. Moreover, Russia is also trying to endure the situation with the expectation of an “explosion”. Everyone is waiting for Turkey to be “blown up” and until then they are trying to get the most out of it.
Armenia must endure as long as possible, be as strong as possible in terms of security and flexible – in the political arena with everyone who wants to use Turkey, and often against each other. “
The number of casualties as a result of shelling by the Armenian armed forces of Barda region reaches 4 people - assistant to the President of Azerbaijan
The number of casualties as a result of shelling by the Armenian armed forces in the Barda region has reached 4 people, said the aide to the President of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev, on Twitter.
Number of killed in Barda raised to four as a result of Armenia's missile attack. Indiscriminate and targeted attack against civilians continues.
— Hikmet Hajiyev (@HikmetHajiyev) October 27, 2020
Three people died as a result of shelling in Barda region - Hikmet Hajiyev
The Armenian armed forces are firing at the settlements of the Goranboy, Tartar and Barda regions of Azerbaijan, the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.
Aide to the President of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev, announced on Twitter that three people were killed and ten people were seriously injured during the shelling of civilians in the Barda region.
As result of Armenia's henious missile attack to Barda region 3 civilians killed and 10 people, kids/women seriously wounded. #Warcrimes of Armenia continues. Today MOD of Armenia made statement that they will hit harshly. By that they meaning civilians, kids and women.
— Hikmet Hajiyev (@HikmetHajiyev) October 27, 2020
Good neighborly relations need to be established for safety and progress - comment from Baku
“We all knew before that in the 1990s the military successes of Armenia were achieved with the participation of Russia.
Apparently, Turkey’s open and decisive position this time forced Russia to act more cautiously and led to the fact that until now it has not been involved in the conflict.
But in any case, it is necessary to achieve a stable peace with Armenia so that this problem does not continue to hold us in its grip. Geopolitical advantage is a very unstable thing, it can change quickly. Today Russia may not be involved, but tomorrow it may be. Turkey’s support today may be strong, but not tomorrow. History has shown us this often.
Armenia must also understand that it is impossible to achieve sustainable security. relying only on Russia’s military support. And with constant security, it is impossible to develop and progress. For security and progress, it is necessary to establish good-neighborly relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan.
This can be achieved. And most importantly, this is the only sure way to prevent thousands of people from periodically dying in wars. mothers were not left with tears in their eyes, ”Azeri expert, candidate of historical sciences Altay Goyushov wrote on his Facebook page.
Armenian armed forces fired on Tartar region of Azerbaijan
According to a JAMnews employee from the scene of the event, today in the daytime the Armenian armed forces fired at civilian objects in the Terter region of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan contains 17 Armenian prisoners of war - Armenian Investigative Committee
The data on two more military personnel are being specified, said the head of the Criminological Department of the Investigative Committee of Armenia Rafael Vardanyan: human rights. We are talking about providing them with medical assistance, preventing the infringement of their rights. “
Jalal Harutyunyan has been relieved of his duties as Defense Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh and Commander of the Defense Army due to injury
President Arayik Harutyunyan signed a corresponding decree. It is already known that Jalal Harutyunyan’s wound is not serious, but for now Mikael Arzumanyan will command the army. Since taking office, he was also awarded the military rank of lieutenant general. It is known that at 22 Arzumanyan already commanded a combined-arms regiment and participated in the first Karabakh war in the battles for Fizuli, Martakert, Askeran, Karvachar.
Peskov on Turkey's involvement in the Karabakh negotiation process
The involvement of any country in the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh must be coordinated with Armenia and Azerbaijan. This was stressed on Tuesday by the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, answering the question whether Turkey should be more involved in the next round of negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The point of view of only two sides is important here, I mean the opposing countries – Azerbaijan and Armenia. Only the opposing countries can agree or wish for the participation of this or that state in the settlement process, ”the Kremlin spokesman said.
Ministry of Defense and State Border Service of Azerbaijan issue joint statement
“Azerbaijan, adhering to the new humanitarian ceasefire regime, has a restrained attitude towards enemy provocations along the entire front and takes only appropriate measures.
Taking advantage of this, Armenia purposefully aggravates the situation in various areas along the front, especially on the restored sections of the state border, preparing the ground for its further provocations.
The leadership of Armenia should already realize and come to terms with the fact that the restored state borders are not a conflict zone, but are the state border recognized by the international community that defines the full sovereign territories of Azerbaijan. The inviolability of the state border must be ensured. Any provocation in this direction is regarded as an act of aggression against our territorial integrity.
Taking this into account, Azerbaijan has the right to destroy any legitimate military objects that threaten its territory, regardless of its location,” reads a joint statement by the Ministry of Defense and the State Border Service of Azerbaijan.
Armenia shelling the city of Terter and the villages of the region - Azerbaijan Defense Ministry
“Grossly violating the new ceasefire, the Armenian armed forces are shelling the city of Terter and the villages of the region of the same name,” the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.
Film crew of Euronews TV channel in Karabakh almost filmed their death
An ATGM missile passed just above the car. The explosion came from behind, slightly damaging the car.
Azerbaijan continues shelling Armenian border posts, there are wounded - Armenian Defense Ministry
Earlier it was reported that Azerbaijani artillery and unmanned aerial vehicles hit the positions of the border posts of the Armenian Armed Forces, not far from the Iranian border.
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denies information about shelling of border outpost in Armenia
“The information disseminated by Armenia about the alleged shelling of the territory of Armenia today with the use of UAVs and missile and artillery systems of Azerbaijan is false and has a provocative character.
We declare that Azerbaijan fully complies with the new humanitarian ceasefire.
On the contrary, on October 27, from 09:30 to the present, the Armenian side is intensively firing mortars at our territories in the direction of the village of Agbend, Zangilan region, ”the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
Member of the Azerbaijani parliament on the importance of Turkish F-16s
“The founder of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, wrote in his memoirs that he asked the UK for military assistance to maintain the country’s independence. Britain refused because was busy with a deep financial crisis at home. After Lee Kuan Yew turned to the United States for help, and the US leadership refused, but the leader of Singapore insisted on his request and was able to get help from the United States. How? Lee Kuan Yew convinced the Americans that he did not need a lot of military assistance, just one warship was enough to moor it off the coast of Singapore. And so it happened. For many years, only one American ship served as the guarantor of Singapore’s independence.
The same role is assigned to the Turkish F-16 fighters. President Ilham Aliyev openly stated this in his address to the people (October 26),” Azerbaijani MP Erkin Qadirli wrote on his Facebook page.
Azerbaijan fired on the territory of the border post on the border of Armenia with Iran - Armenian Defense Ministry
In the morning at about 10:00 – 10:15, once again, violating the ceasefire, the Azerbaijani side fired at the positions of the Armenian border outpost at the border with Iran with the help of drones (one of which fell on the territory of Armenia) and rocket-artillery means. Press Secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan.
The Armenian Defense Ministry states that it will be forced to retaliate in the direction of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
Combat operations continued in three directions of the front - Azerbaijani Defense Ministry
“During the day on October 26 and on the night of October 27, the Armenian armed forces, which did not comply with the new humanitarian ceasefire, fired at positions of Azerbaijani army units in different directions of the front and settlements near the front zone with various weapons.
Combat operations continued mainly in the Khojavend, Fizuli and Gubadli areas of the front, ”the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
Tension remained in the conflict zone at night, fighting continues - Karabakh Defense Ministry
In the evening, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces actively used unmanned aerial vehicles, artillery battles continued in some sectors of the front. According to the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Karabakh, the shelling of peaceful settlements, in particular, the cities of Martuni and Martakert, as well as villages of the Askeran region, continued.
Local battles are currently taking place in some areas of the front.
Efforts to establish a US-mediated ceasefire have failed - Armenian Prime Minister
Nikol Pashinyan wrote about this in his microblog on Twitter closer to the night of October 26. He added that “as a result of continuous shelling by Azerbaijan, civilians were killed and wounded in Artsakh.”
The Armenian Prime Minister taged in his post US President Donald Trump, who had previously stated that the parties to the conflict are observing the humanitarian truce announced since October 26.
I would like to state that the efforts of the international community, this time brokered by the #UnitedStates, to establish a ceasefire, have failed. As a result of continuous shelling by Azerbaijan, civilians were killed and wounded in #Artsakh today.@realDonaldTrump
— Nikol Pashinyan (@NikolPashinyan) October 26, 2020
Brief summary of events as of the morning of October 27
One month since the escalation began.
• At 8 am on October 26, the third ceasefire agreement entered into force and was immediately violated. The parties again accused each other of violating the ceasefire, as happened in previous attempts (October 10 and 18).
• The Armenian Defense Ministry accused Azerbaijan of shelling settlements in Karabakh using Smerch multiple launch rocket systems.
• The Azerbaijani army approached the southern border of Armenia, to the Syunik region, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said, saying that “the situation is under control.”
• The President of Azerbaijan said that the Azerbaijani army took control of 18 more settlements in the zone of the Karabakh conflict.
• It is necessary to introduce clear mechanisms for monitoring the observance of the ceasefire (another agreement was reached on October 26), the Armenian Defense Ministry said.
• “Moscow is against a military solution in Karabakh and calls on all external players to refrain from developing a military scenario,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
• “The Armenian people and government are ready for mutual concessions [of the parties to the conflict], even for painful concessions, but the Armenian people are not ready for surrender in any case. But Azerbaijan does not want a solution to the Karabakh issue, it wants the surrender of Karabakh, ”Nikol Pashinyan said live on his Facebook page.
• The wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia announced that she was going to the front “to defend the borders of our Motherland”.
News, reports, photos / videos on military operations in Karabakh for October 26, 2020