2020 October 1

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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Oct/1/2020 events: \\ War in Karabakh-Artsakh \\ Yerevan targeted \\ world powers respond to Turkey's jihadist mercenaries \\ journalists bombed \\ Azerbaijan loses several SU-25 jets & Mi-24 helicopters \\ syringes found \\ resistance by Azeri ethnic minorities \\ volunteer movement \\ donations
by ar_david_hh

In case you missed yesterday's summary.


A video showing the aftermath of numerous Armenian soldiers re-capturing a hill and planting the flag. Shots and drones are still heard in the background.


international community learns about the Syrian mercenary-jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan

U.S. Department of Defense official: The information that hundreds of Syrian mercenaries were transported by dozens of flights between Turkey and Azerbaijan is confirmed to be correct.



French President Macron says he is aware of Syrian mercenaries hired by Azerbaijan with the help of Turkey.



The Guardian: "Nagorno-Karabakh: at least three Syrian fighters killed"

"At least three Syrian opposition fighters have been killed in skirmishes in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Guardian has learned, confirming earlier reports"



CNN: Rebels from Syria recruited to fight in conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia



Thomas De Waal: The photos show allegedly #Syria Turkish rebels in #Azerbaijan army. Official Baku keeps on denying the claims, but amount of proofs is becoming significant.

[wrong link, removed]


More people are now confirming that they know some of the Syrian mercenary fighters who left from Syria to Azerbaijan. Several international journalists have confirmed their recruitment independently.








Iran MFA: The Islamic Republic of Iran will never allow terrorist groups to pose a threat to their national security near the country's northern borders.




Syrian mercenaries reveal the details of their involvement. JessPress, citing its sources, says 10 Syrians died on September 10th, bringing the total known deaths to 40.

BBC journalist published a photo of Syrian mercenaries being trained in Azerbaijan.



"Я не знал, что придется воевать". Би-би-си нашла наемника из Сирии в Карабахе


what else happened yesterday?

Financial Times: Erdogan is in danger of overreaching with foreign interventions

https://www.ft.com/content/05f817a2-ed1e-4c88-b204-494870209417 , https://factor.am/289400.html


The Azeri MoD published footage of their suicide drone destroying a decoy cardboard vehicle.

[link 404]


A short video of Armenians shooting from GRAD.



Armenian General Arshavir Gharamyan was erroneously reported as KIA by Azeri sources.



Thousands of Armenians gathered in Los Angeles in support of Artsakh.


October 1st arrives

1:09 am: army says they shot another drone.


7:52: the army released a video from the capital Stepanakert's hospital. "Hero doctors literally saved dozens of soldiers from death." Many doctors volunteer from other parts of Armenia. "Those who need more serious help are transported to Yerevan."


7:55 Artsakh party to Azeri minorities: Your internet is being cut in the regions populated by minorities. You are the majority of surnames on the list of killed, and you're the ones who get drafted and sent to front lines. Cross the border with Russia and move to Dagestan. Don't fight and die against Armenians.


Armenian MP addresses Azeri minorities in the Russian language, criticizes Aliyev's strategy of intentionally drafting disproportionally high % of minorities to frontlines.


8:12 army: last night the battlefield was relatively stable. No major changes. We identified and prevented the opponent's attempt to regroup and move.


8:35: the capital has a shortage of bus and "Uber" drivers because many of them joined the army. (ElonMusk2020)

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/197337 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/197362

8:52: Armenian-Russian University will rename the "Gratitude" park after Su-25 pilot Valeri Danelin who was killed on Sep-29.

Photo: https://factor.am/289289.html

9:26: Russian WarGonzo outlet reports, citing its sources, that Azeri authorities have declared their Chief of General Staff of Army Colonel-General Nejmeddin Sadigov as a Russian spy.

There is info that he is on the run. Even the family can't reach him. He hasn't been seen in Russia.

A month ago Sadigov had a conflict with Turkish colleagues and criticized Aliyev's policies. "If we give our army to Turkey, we might as well give our wives to them," he said.


9:47: Pashinyan claimed a diplomatic victory for Armenia after the world learned about the mercenaries hired by Azerbaijan. "Artsakh is fighting against terrorism."


9:48: the northern road connecting Armenia to Artsakh is still closed for safety reasons.


10:51: army published the photo of an Azeri drone shot near Askeran


10:57 Artsakh govt: we found syringes in the pockets of almost every Azeri soldier who attacked and died on our territory. This is an international crime. They are sending their soldiers in a numbed state.

https://youtu.be/qzJA9FvG_0M , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029747.html

11:08 Artsakh govt: we have identified 148 ethnic Lezgin bodies in one direction alone, and a few hundred Talysh. Most of the deceased are ethnic minorities. We have information that this has caused dissatisfaction in Azerbaijan and the minorities plan to hold a rally.


12:08: Artsakh president met ethnic Yezidi union leader Aziz Tamoyan. The latter noted that this aggression is the continuation of Turkey's century-old genocide. "Yezidis stand with Armenian people just as we were during the 90s war," said Aziz.

https://youtu.be/15VDO-s2AyE , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029763.html

11:13: Armenian security services have "identified a spy" in the Armenian military. An unnamed former high ranking military official allegedly worked for years and gathered data for the adversary. He was recruited by Azerbaijan while in Georgia. He shared data about Armenian weapons, outposts, etc. after using his personal connections in Artsakh to routinely meet fellow military-men for gathering the updated data.

A dozen searches were conducted. Large quantities of ammo and weapons were found in his possession; tools for communicating with outside.

Video: https://youtu.be/XZHOMKRDTn8?t=246

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029750.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/197351

11:08 army: Azerbaijan lied about advancing near Martakert. Whenever they fail they begin bombing the civilian population.


11:25 arm: we shot another Azeri helicopter near Lele Tepe hill in the south. It fell in the Iranian territory. Unfortunately, the battles are too close to Iran territory and these unintentional incidents are unavoidable.


12:27 army: Azerbaijan has 350 more deaths and 600 wounded today. We shot 3 helicopters, 15 armored vehicles, 1 Smerch missile unit, 6 drones.

The situation was relatively calm at night but they resumed in the morning. All their attempts failed. Things escalated again literally minutes ago.


13:23: TikTok is unreachable in Armenia. Earlier it was flooded by Armenophobic content coordinated by Turkish and Azeri accounts. The Human Rights Ombudsman had urged parents to keep children away from it. Others had called it a national security threat.

The president of the Freedom of Information Center believes, "in this particular case", that blocking TikTok is justified on security grounds.


14:06 MoD: Azerbaijan has resumed the shelling of civilian Armenian population. Hadrut city was targeted. 7 civilians have died since the war.


13:53 - 18:25: several French Le Monde journalists were targeted by Azerbaijani/Turkish fire while at civilian Martuni city. Two French citizens and Armenians were wounded; one Armenian civilian has died.

Le Monde's Allan Kaval is being operated in a serious condition. (update: doctors saved his life). President Macron vowed to send a plane to transport the wounded.

Guerre dans le Haut-Karabakh: deux journalistes du Monde blessés: https://youtu.be/7cDbYZ379q8

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029781.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029807.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029819.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029824.html , https://factor.am/289529.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029843.html , https://news.am/arm/news/605443.html

14:33: journalists from Armenia TV were also targeted. One wounded.


14:47: five journalists from CivilNet avoided injuries during the Azerbaijani attack on the city.

https://youtu.be/zTvlRN6bx9U , https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285822/

16:37 MFA: 200 international journalists representing >50 outlets have contacted us for accreditation. Most have already arrived.


14:25: ArmenPress journalist was wounded by Azeri fire.


14:54 Russian media: Russian Rain TV journalist Dmitri Yelovski and colleagues were under fire in Martuni city. No injuries. They're in a bomb shelter.

They published the video showing the moment when the bomb fell near them: https://tvrain.ru/teleshow/videooftheday/video_obstrela_pod_kotoryj_popal_zhurnalist_dozhdja_v_nepriznannom_nagornom_karabahe-516984/


15:20: journalists from Armenian 24News were also targeted by Azeri fire. Sisak Vardumyan is wounded.

Video of immediate aftermath: https://youtu.be/701kJLyXImA


15:39: Azerbaijan targets the vehicle belonging to a journalist from Agence France-Presse (AFP). Windows shattered.


15:11: photos and videos showing the damage done to Martakert city after Azeri shelling.

Video: https://youtu.be/5GlthfEE1MU

Photos: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029852.html

18:40: Azerbaijan's bombardment of civilian Martuni city has left 4 dead and 11 wounded, including the aforementioned journalists. "This is an international war crime. GRAD was used to target the city center," said the Human Rights Ombudsman.


18:54: Azeris opened fire on the Vardenis-Sotq road (north). The Sotq-Qarvachar section is closed for safety reasons.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029848.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029851.html

14:24 Parliament: Turkey is destroying Azerbaijan, no matter how paradoxical it sounds. Azerbaijan has become a servant. Turkey is consuming its human, military, and financial resources for its expansionist policy. It is becoming an international terrorist hotspot.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029786.html , https://factor.am/289394.html

14:32 army: we shot 1 Azerbaijani jet and 1 helicopter in south and south-east.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029789.html , https://factor.am/289523.html

14:42 army: another Azeri jet was shot. This is the 3rd.


15:12 army: we shot the 4th Azeri jet (3 today). Two of them were Su-25, while the third one was newer; we're still identifying its model. The helicopters were Mi-24.

The Azeri air force has no quality without the help of Turkey.

Video showing the downing of an Azeri jet: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2644900865821151

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029814.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029796.html , https://factor.am/289523.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/197402

15:22: the army released more footage showing the destruction of Azeri military vehicles.

Video: https://youtu.be/Y2rKPhKLIik?t=8

14:47 Artsakh govt: the hired mercenaries in Azerbaijan are pressuring Azeri minorities to join the battle. Some of them were deployed near Dagestan and Talysh to suppress any dissent by minorities (Lezgin, Talysh, etc.). We have information about a shootout between minorities and Azeri/mercenary forces.


16:56 Artsakh Parliament Speaker to Azeri minorities: we don't have a conflict of interests. Avoid military draft. Leave the country. Don't participate in the aggression against the Artsakh people. They spill your blood to increase Turkey's influence in the region.


ARM 1st lady Hakobyan talks about AZE 1st lady Mehriban: When we called for peace and extended a hand, they did not shake that hand and instead imposed conditions or else "they'd walk into our cities and install Azeri flags". It's normal that they're emotional now (referring to Mehriban pretending to care about their soldiers in a hospital).


15:26 president Sarkissian to BBC: If we allow Azerbaijan to carry out ethnic cleansing, what happened in 1915 will happen again.

Full interview: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029800.html

15:33 Pashinyan: this is no longer about Karabakh. Armenian people are defending the international community. Turkey's genocidal policies are meant to get rid of Armenians as the last remaining barrier towards the realization of their long-standing expansionist dream of having an empire that stretches to the east.


17:29: Armenia is a member of the CSTO military bloc. Afghanistan is an "observer" who wants to join. Armenia has officially requested CSTO to suspend Afghanistan's status, due to its recent messages in support for Turkish-Azeri aggression.


17:34 Caucasus analyst Neil Hauer: Armenian infantry is significantly more effective than the Azerbaijani. There is little in these days that prove that the Azerbaijani side has been able to advance and succeed. The Syrian mercenaries want to leave.


17:56: five GRAD missiles fell on the Iranian village Parvizkhanlu, two of which on a house, wounding a 6-year-old Iranian child, says Iran. This is the second time a bomb falls in Iran.

https://factor.am/289543.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029836.html

18:10: army released footage showing the destruction of Azeri equipment.

Video: https://youtu.be/YHo2zj3FbTw?t=8

18:19: Yerevan municipality installed "Հաղթելու ենք" billboards across the capital.

Photos: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/197413

18:38: Azerbaijani Talysh minorities in Lankaran city (near Iran) are currently resisting Aliyev's draft order, said Azeri Khural TV reporter Avaz Jeynalli during a Live broadcast.

https://www.facebook.com/vardan.voskanian/posts/3728080387230393 , https://news.am/arm/news/605402.html

18:45 army: there is an ongoing artillery battle across the border. We have the upper hand; their fire is being suppressed.


19:09: high-definition video showing the destruction of an Azeri drone in the air, followed by a massive fireball.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/100000785095088/videos/3290250071011130/

19:28 roaming fees reduced: the 3 Armenian telecoms have negotiated with Artsakh's only telecom "Karabakh Telekom". They'll help the latter with increasing the bandwidth.

Roaming fees will reduce. 1 minute = 1 SMS = 1 cent (down from 6)


19:54: this lil' lad was born today while his father defends Artsakh borders. The family is from Artsakh:


20:01: Erdogan calls peace "unacceptable" for "as long as Armenians occupy Karabakh".

Later, Turkish and Russian MFA met and agreed that a ceasefire is needed.

https://factor.am/289481.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029861.html

20:04: the Flight Radar 24 website shows jet flights real-time. It has been used to identify Turkish and Azeri flights, some allegedly involved in mercenary and weapon transfers. Today the site suffered a DDoS attack intended to take it down. The perpetrators are unknown.


20:24 army: Casualties on the Azeri side: 1280 dead, 2700 wounded, 90 drones, 12 helicopters, 181 tanks and armored vehicles, 3 TOS missile units, 2 Smerch, 4 jets.


21:21: Armenia had just recently opened an embassy in Israel. The ambassador has been summoned back "for consultations". Azerbaijan uses Israeli suicide drones, including against civilians.


22:52 Seyran Ohanyan: Azeris had a task to advance to a depth of 10-15 km in 2-3 days in order to then use the language of coercion with Artsakh in the subsequent negotiation process. Having suffered huge losses, the Azerbaijani side could not achieve this.


22:55: Armenia's Gegharkunik province (away from Artsakh) was attacked by Azerbaijan. A missile fired from a drone on Mets Masrik village resulted in the death of a civilian man and two injuries. 3 Azeri drones were destroyed, including the one that killed the civilian.


23:51: Armenian air defense shot down an Azeri drone over Armenian capital Yerevan. Another one was shot over Kotayk province. Armenian MFA is "analyzing the situation".

Pashinyan: we shot 3 out of 4. The 4th one is being located. (update: 4th one was also located and shot) (update: the drones were flying above Abovyan/Kotayk, near Yerevan)


https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029902.html , https://youtu.be/dbBJ1HqdMpo , https://factor.am/289705.html

famous Armenians who volunteered to join the Army

Here are some Armenian actors and artists who joined the army. Arsen Safaryan is among them.


Several monks and clergymen decided to join the army today, after a meeting with Catholicos Garegin B.


Qyaram Sloyan is the Yezidi-Armenian soldier who was beheaded by Azeri soldiers

during the 2016 battles. His brother has joined other Yezidi volunteers to fight.

Video: https://youtu.be/mSMle261tg8

European wrestling champion Arsen Harutyunyan, whose father is an Artsakh war veteran, has volunteered.


The 1990s Karabakh war veteran group "Red Berets 5165" will go to Artsakh.


Sochi, Russia has a large Armenian community. Zvartnots airport had a line today. People were returning home to help Artsakh. Some were drafted, others are volunteers.


donations continue to arrive

The most dangerous Armenian Dan Bilzerian and his brother Adam have donated $250,000 to Artsakh. Bilzerian is a gun enthusiast, an Instagrammer, and a poker player.

Not long ago he went to Armenia to get a passport before registering for military service. At the time, he went to Artsakh to display his shooting skills.




Holy Ejmiatsin church will donate $500,000 to All-Armenia Fund. The church has published the names of major donors:



International soccer player Yura Movsissyan launched a fundraiser for the soldiers and urged his friends in LA and elsewhere to join the cause.


All-Armenia Fund has so far received $11m in donations since Sep-27. "Our people are more united than ever," said the administration.


the world continues to respond to Turkish/Azeri aggression

Los Angeles City Council has adopted a resolution condemning "Azerbaijan's offensive on the Artsakh Republic". It also urged the White House and Congress to force Azerbaijan to agree to meaningful negotiations.

"The United States adheres to the values of democracy the right to self-determination. We have a moral obligation to stand by the people of the Artsakh Republic, who have earned their right to self-determination and prospered as a free, democratic, sovereign state for almost 30 years," says the resolution.


"Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Calls on Israeli to Stop Weapons Delivery to Azerbaijan"


Yesterday Turkey attempted to "take part" in Karabakh negotiations by making agreements with Russia as they do in Syria. Russia rejected.


A group of ethnic Azerbaijanis in northern Iran organized a rally in support of Azerbaijan. They were dispersed with tear gas.


Former Ukrainian ambassador Alexander Bozhko: Azeris failed to use the surprise attack factor and advance deep inside. Now they're stomping on the same place. Armenians have managed to recover positions.

Artsakh's draft lasted only 5 hours. The army was resupplied quickly. The fighting spirit of the Armenians, the readiness to defend the homeland, is impressive.


Council of Europe's Secretary-General Maria Burich is alarmed by the violence against civilians. She urged the two to adhere to the ECHR ruling.


Putin, Trump, and Macron demand an immediate ceasefire and a return to the negotiating table without preconditions.


French President Macron: We will resist together. https://twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/1311635170072682496

10,000 phone calls and 150,000 letters have been sent to the White House, urging the U.S. to stop military aid to Azerbaijan and condemn Erdogan.


German MP Stephen K.: the international community must pressure Azerbaijan to stop the war. Erdogan's economic allies should restrain him.


The European Council held a closed-door session about the Artsakh conflict, during which Emmanuel Macron said he has evidence of Turkey sending Syrian Islamists to Azerbaijan.

Macron will ask the European Union whether it is considering to kick Turkey out of the OCSE Minks Group and to officially condemn Turkish involvement.

Macron told Aliyev that direct hits on Artsakh have no excuse.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029854.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029855.html

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Azerbaijan's and Turkey's attack against Karabakh could result in a NATO-Russia standoff. The U.S. must urge Azerbaijan to stop.


Secretary of State of France doesn't rule out sanctions against Turkey. (didn't specifically mention Karabakh conflict)


The Parliamentary Secretary of a Bundestag party urged Turkey not to aid either side.


Canadian MFA will investigate the reports of Turkish Bayraktar drones allegedly using Canadian technology after the Armenian community sent a note of protest.


What do the Azerbaijani civilians think about the war? Some are against, others appreciate the Turkish help. A video with Russian subtitles:



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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/j3g62t/oct12020_events_war_in_karabakhartsakh_yerevan/

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