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Daily news and anti-corruption report

Sep/27/2020 wrap-up: \\ Azerbaijan launches largest assault on Artsakh since Karabakh war \\ Artsakh loses & recaptures some outposts \\ Azerbaijan has 200 losses, including 81 Syrian mercenaries; dozens of UAVs and tanks \\ War footage \\ Misinformation about mountains and villages \\ other news
by ar_david_hh


September Battles: Artsakh war resumes after Azerbaijan shells Armenian positions and cities

7:10: September 27th began with Azeris shelling Artsakh borders and capital Stepanakert. The civilians were targeted. They are told to take shelter. Artsakh promised a proportionate response.

9:14 Armenians: we shut down 2 helicopters and 3 drones belonging to Azerbaijan. Photo: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028940.html

It appears Azerbaijan used a Turkish Bayraktar drone on another occasion, but it's not officially confirmed: https://razm.info/146394

9:23 Artsakh: they launched an attack across the border. At the moment, we are successfully inflicting heavy losses on the enemy and thwarting their plans. They will fail again.

9:26 Pashinyan: dear Armenians, the enemy has launched an attack. The defense forces are successfully resisting it. Get your news from official sources. Let us stand firmly behind our state, our army, and defend the holy homeland. Long live Armenian statehood and people.

9:28 ARM army: we forced them to retreat in 3 locations. AZE lost 3 tanks and has casualties. Video: https://youtu.be/D2jd1bw0AXQ

9:46: ARM MFA is in touch with OSCE to report the situation.

10:06: AZE confirms the loss of a helicopter near Terter region; claims the crew has survived.

10:18: Artsakh Ombudsman reports civilian casualties. 1 woman and 1 child were killed in Martuni city. Dozens wounded.

10:18: Armenian Ombudsman has called for the international community to condemn the Azeri aggression. The area near Armenian Vardenis (near Gegharquniq) was shelled, but it's relatively calm compared to ART border.

10:17 ARM MFA: this attack was planned ahead of time. Turkish and Azeri journalists began reporting just minutes after the attack from the frontline. Azeri MFA called it a "counter-attack" which means they planned this weeks ahead of time.

10:30: the borders with Tavush, Armenia are calm.

10:38 Artsakh President Harutyunayn: this is a fight for life and death which we accept nationally and will win nationally. I welcome the volunteers who signed. I told them our army is handling the situation on the border.

11:05: 10,000 people have already volunteered to join the army. They were told to standby for now.

11:14 ARM army: So far, AZE army lost 2 helicopters, 14 drones, and other equipment. Photos: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028953.html

11:17: Footage showing Armenians destroying Azeri tanks and personnel. Video: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028954.html

11:19: Artsakh govt launches an army draft. Everyone above 18 is to report for duty.

11:19: Azeri govt blocks its citizens from using social media. Only Twitter is allowed to spread its propaganda. One reason is to prevent the Azeri public from learning about their casualties.

12:15: Artsakh suspends schools for safety after a school was bombed by Azeris.

12:31: video showing the outcome of Azeris bombing Armenian civilian houses: https://youtu.be/Vw1Bi2Mijys

Another video: https://youtu.be/t7JWaL-cjy8

12:40 Speaker Mirzoyan: Artsakh's right to free self-determination cannot be a bargaining chip.

12:45: Turkish MP Garo Paylan urged the Erdogan regime not to pour fuel on the fire. Turkish Parliament sends a note of support to Azerbaijan.

12:46: Armenian government announces an army draft. The reservists under the age of 55 are called to report to nearby military commissariats.

13:05 ARM: the defense forces are successfully repelling attacks. AZE has heavy losses. ARM has 10 deaths.

13:06 ARM: our forces are conducting punitive attacks. Video of a column of AZE equipment and personnel being destroyed one after the other: https://youtu.be/xJMWGEC2d0k

13:31 Artsakh general Samvel Babayan: AZE is losing equipment every minute. We'll have victory when AZE signs our independence and finishes the war.

13:37: union of Armenian journalists will organize and be in touch with international colleagues.

13:56 ARM: Azeris used jets, helicopters, all calibers of missiles above 300mm. They used Smerch, Polonez, etc. There are significant damages in small bordering settlements in ART.

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international community

Leaders of various countries, NATO, and OSCE called for a ceasefire.

U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff: The Azer aggression shows the failure of the policy of false equivalence. Tonight, Azerbaijan carried out the largest attack on Artsakh in recent years and suffered significant losses. The US and OCSE must work to restore peace.

CSTO military bloc: Armenia hasn't contacted us about the events on the Artsakh border.

European Council MP Michael Galler called for AZE to end the military actions.

Netherland MP Joel: I condemn the AZE aggression and hope ARM will receive international support.

Swedish MP Bjorn S. condemned the AZE aggression.

The MP of the Italian Chamber of Deputies condemned the AZE aggression.

Italian MP Paolo Formentini urged AZE to stop shelling civilians and establish a ceasefire.

The Red Cross advised against targeting civilians.

Kim Kardashian: those aren't "clashes". Armenians of Artsakh were attacked. (she called for fans to pressure White House to stop military aid to AZE.)

Spanish Senator Carles Garcia accused AZE of "continuing to massacre civilians."

Cypriot MP Konstantinos E. condemned the AZE aggression and urged the world to put pressure on them.

Greek MFA condemned the AZE aggression.

Reuters, BBC, LA Times, etc. wrote about AZE army losses, two civilian deaths in Armenia, the emergency situation.

International Armenian sports figures condemned the AZE attacks.

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14:55 ARM army: AZE has lost 4 helicopters, 15 drones, 10 tanks and other vehicles.

15:05: ARM army:the Azeri govt is lying about capturing 6 settlements. It's the latest misinformation... Their propaganda is working worse than in 2016. Some of the footage of them shooting Armenian positions and equipment was exposed as being from the Syrian conflict. https://news.am/arm/news/604455.html

15:25: NSS says AZE agents are using a fake 818 area-code number to spread fake news among U.S.-Armenians.

15:29: AZE spread fake news to exaggerate the casualties in Artsakh. One of the supposedly dead Armenian soldiers, Karapet Stepanyan, came forward. He was discharged 3 years ago and works as a doctor now.

15:41: gas and electricity lines were damaged in bordering Artsakh settlements. The roads are functional. Azeri army released a bombing footage: https://youtu.be/6p0aFc9G55I?t=2

16:07: first lady Anna Hakobyan visits Artsakh capital Stepanakert to meet the wounded.

16:08: Armenia declares a State of Emergency.

16:30 Pashinyan address: The Armenian people are ready to issue a worthy response to the enemy. The decades-long Armenophobia spread by the Azeri govt could not have had a different ending. The enemy must understand that all Armenians across the world stand behind Artsakh. We won't yield an inch of our territory. Full: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=803243107172869&extid=jfTB0nxsjkllV2a4

16:41: Azeri Lt. Colonel Mehman Shirvanov was killed during the battles.

17:05 ARM: the AZE social media trolls circulated a fake document allegedly showing a conversation between Pashinyan and Aliyev.

17:16: All-Armenia Fund launched a fundraiser for Artsakh. $125,000 was collected within hours. www.himnadram.org

Businessman Grzo (Khachatur Sukuasian) will donate 100mln Drams to the army.

17:27: the Healthcare Ministry urges blood donations. The lines are long outside hospitals right now.

17:53: Video showing how Armenian air defense shuts down Azeri drone over capital Stepanakert: https://youtu.be/qOpEIHh4X8I

18:00: ARM shoots down the 16th Azeri drone.

18:19: Pashinyan administration is considering the option to officially recognize Artsakh's independence. LHK party urged to get it done now, "we are in a major war, this is a chance, when else should we do it if not now?".

18:22: French Socialist Party has called for the official recognition of Artsakh Republic.

18:39 Armenians: we shut down 3 helicopters, 20 drones, 30 tanks and vehicles belonging to AZE. We have 16 deaths and >100 wounded soldiers (10 serious, 90 mild); >30 civilians injured, 50 settlements were bombed. We had lost several positions near Talish and south; that's where most casualties came from.

18:45: Artsakh volunteers leaving for frontlines: https://youtu.be/9n-b9tErD3U

18:48: Azerbaijan has also declared a State of Emergency and martial law.

18:53: infoteka24 outlet says Azeris plan to start a provocation on the Nakhijevan border so Turkey can establish a permanent military base in Nakhijevan.

19:52: Armenians released a new footage showing more Azeri tanks and vehicles being destroyed: https://youtu.be/5E3Asndpwfo

20:15 Pashinyan: all the necessary orders have been issued. We have significant losses (16 dead, 100 wounded), but the enemy's losses are much bigger. The situation is developing.

21:12 ARM army: we confirmed that Azeris have 200 human losses, 20 drones, 30 tanks and vehicles. The main battles are in the north and south of Artsakh.

20:47: Serj Sargsyan and Robert Kocharyan called for Armenian unity. QP MP Gayane Abrahamyan changed her mind about resigning (over an earlier party dispute).

21:26 ARM army: Azeris are lying about taking control of Vardenis-Martakert road.

21:34: long lines are forming across Armenia. Men are joining the army with war songs. Video: https://www.facebook.com/100000785095088/videos/3277766822259455/?extid=JMXJ8IxSDd3wmqX5

21:35 ARM army: our response wasn't just self-defense. It was also punitive. More details later.

21:56 ARM army: Azeri govt keeps using its ethnic minorities in the frontlines with disregard for their lives. This includes Talysh and Lezgin. This isn't anything new.

21:48: Armenia will file a report against Azerbaijan in the European Court for Human Rights for targeting the civilians and cities.

22:02 ARM govt-run media: 4,000 Syrian mercenaries are fighting against Artsakh. 81 of the dead Azeri soldiers are confirmed to be from Syria.

22:06 ARM army: Azeris lost 4 helicopters, 33 tanks and vehicles, dozens of drones and equipment. The battles continue. Turkish weapons were used.

22:23 Artsakh: we prevented Azeri attempts to capture Mount Mrav. It's under our control.

22:42 Artsakh president: we have info about shooting a Turkish F-16 fighter jet, but we need a better confirmation. Azeris are using Turkish high-tech drones. This attack was much larger than in April 2016. Make no mistake, Artsakh is fighting against Turkey. Azerbaijan is using Turkish personnel and equipment... We have 10,000 volunteers ready to join, but we don't need their support for now.

22:46: Armenian army launched a counter-attack and captured a position with 11 enemy equipment, including BMP-3. Azerbaijan lost 4 helicopters, 27 drones, 33 tanks and vehicles, 2 engineering vehicles.

22:52 Artsakh president: we retook some of the positions we lost this morning, and decided not to retake others. This is normal during large-scale wars. The enemy has failed. We will win. This isn't April or July, it's larger, we're fighting against Azerbaijan and Turkey.

23:27: Armenia published a new footage showing the Azeri losses. Numerous bodies and remnants of shut-down equipment. One of the destroyed tanks had a "yolumuz susayadir" flag. NSFW Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=352105562605862&extid=zf7gKYuZVNFRIMBH

23:46: According to freeazerbaijan.info outlet, the group of Syrian mercenary terrorists recruited by Azerbaijan had a conflict with local Azeri villagers. They were deployed in bordering Azer villages and had a physical confrontation with locals for two days over religious rules. Some shops were robbed by them. The Azeri military police had to intervene. (Armenian govt-agency has officially announced that 4,000 Syrian mercenaries are in Azerbaijan and 81 were killed.) https://factor.am/287608.html

00:16: Karabakh Telecom is having difficulties with processing SMS due to cyber-attack.

night time: bordering civilians singing war songs while inside a bomb shelter: https://youtu.be/48D91r0Tpdc

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A collection of reports showing how Turkey prepped Azerbaijan for the attack: https://fip.am/12888

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Note: The time-stamps show when the news was reported. It usually comes with some delay.

https://factor.am/287618.html , https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285600/ , https://youtu.be/94PtjUqrzLo , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196905 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196899 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196862 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196856 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196806 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029146.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029147.html , https://factor.am/287551.html , https://factor.am/287421.html , https://factor.am/287361.html , https://factor.am/287310.html , https://youtu.be/d4nzJdDPlm0 , https://factor.am/287551.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029144.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029141.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029138.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029137.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029136.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029134.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029131.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029123.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029107.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029108.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029110.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029109.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029117.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029103.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029097.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029087.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029082.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029075.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028922.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028927.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028928.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028929.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028930.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028932.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028936.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028939.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028941.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028943.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028944.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028949.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028950.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028955.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028956.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028959.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028961.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028962.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028968.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028974.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028976.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028978.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028978.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028982.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028985.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028984.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028991.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028992.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028994.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029000.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029001.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029005.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029008.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029019.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029022.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029023.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029030.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029032.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029033.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029035.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029039.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029040.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029042.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029043.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029044.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029048.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029057.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029062.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029067.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029069.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029070.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029071.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029072.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029074.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029076.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029077.html

guess who is back in the news

Sanitek! Their garbage-collection contract was earlier canceled with capital Yerevan over inadequate service. They are auctioning their garbage trucks now.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196542

update: 4 cops arrested over brutality

Famous wrestler Armen Gharazyan earlier reported abusive conduct by police officials during a confrontation. The investigators have arrested the head of Nor Norq police department and 3 others.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196736

smart շոտչիկ

The Armenian Electric Grid is using smart electricity counters made in Armenia. They'll prevent usage report machinations and will show the usage numbers in a smartphone app with a 30-minute delay.

420,000 are currently installed in several cities. The rest will join within a few years.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/195528

You've read 2095 words.


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/j0z4u1/sep272020_wrapup_azerbaijan_launches_largest/

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams ֏ unless specified otherwise. Helpful overview of Armenia's media ownership and leanings.


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