2020 July 14

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Jul/14/2020 news: (1) Tavush battles. Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. High ranking casualties. Civilians targeted. Expensive Azeri drone is shot. Armenian drones in action. Hackers carry-out infrastructure attacks. Foreign response & diplomacy (2) + other stories
by ar_david_hh


Tavush Battles July 12-13 / New territories captured / Baku-Ceyhan pipeline

July 12th military actions: LINK

July 13th military actions: LINK

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It turns out Armenians captured a new position and its surrounding territories on Mount Qaradas (Qara Dash) near the Movses, Chinari, and Agdam (AZ) villages. LINK

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An approximate map of the new position: M5MwSou.png

CivilNet journalist shows where Mt. Qaradash is: https://youtu.be/KwT4VPLHUqM?t=251

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Political analyst Shirinyan: the Chinari region, where these battles happened, has been the most vulnerable point on the Armenia-Azeri border since the 1990s. The liberation of the outpost is huge.

Two Azeri positions were destroyed. They're being renovated under the Armenian control now. As a result, 2 other Azeri outposts are left dangerously isolated from the rest.

The new outpost is the higher ground. It makes the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline vulnerable.

Kudos to the illiterate former Armenian Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan for earlier saying "if I were Aliyev I'd attack Armenia now because Pashinyan has ruined the country."

https://youtu.be/sxbMs_hOhWU?t=108

Tavush Battles July 14th / Civilians / Outposts destroyed / Footage / Armenian drones / $30mln Azeri drone

Azerbaijan placed artillery units too close to bordering village Dondar Ghucha, thus placing its civilian lives at risk. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192593

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Azeris tried to use a tank but its movement was suppressed by Armenian fire. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192545

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Militaryman Artsrun: Azeris haven't capitulated yet. Despite massive losses, they still fight because they have weapons. Don't spread their propaganda; we've dealt them a much bigger blow. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192554

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Azeri hackers once again spread misinformation about a large number of Armenian losses. They used hacked accounts, or sometimes new accounts disguised as Armenian. They spread the names of Armenian soldiers who died in 2016. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192573 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021643.html

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Army: Azeris used a drone to attack civilian infrastructure in Berd village (10km inside). The area near the gloves factory was targeted. No injuries. https://twitter.com/CineSeda/status/1282942006805889026 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192556

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Armenian MFA condemned the attack on Berd village. "The Azeri side will bear full responsibility". Berd is 10km inside Armenia. It is the first time it was targeted since the 1990s.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192559 , https://youtu.be/64kSOC5_7VM

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Azerbaijan shelled the Aygepar village. 7 houses were damaged. Aygepar's vulnerable district was temporarily evacuated to the safer areas. https://hetq.am/hy/article/119380

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Video of how Armenian army destroys Azeri outposts from which they fired at Armenian civilians. 'They have more casualties, definitely," said Artsarun.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/100000785095088/videos/3050028645033275/

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Armenian army shot down an Azeri drone that was used for coordinating an attack. Other drones were shot yesterday.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192580

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Azerbaijan released footage of alleged strike on Armenian artillery unit: https://youtu.be/Ekl2zucC-ws?t=36

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Armenian army released more footage of retaliatory attacks against the Azeri positions. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=286464905763997

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A sad day for Israeli military ingenuity. The Armenian army shot down an Azeri drone Elbit Hermes-900, "possibly the first-ever downing of this drone in the world". This is Azerbaijan's biggest and most expensive drone. It costs ~$30mln.

https://youtu.be/QntGR2XoKTI?t=6

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Armenian army destroys an Azeri tank and outposts: https://youtu.be/lQJL7AU3uHk?t=8

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"Punitive measured at night," said the Armenian army: https://youtu.be/m7KTDczR6kA?t=3

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Armenia used drones Made in Armenia during the combat, for the first time. It is believed that the drones coordinated the attack that killed the Azeri high-ranking military officials. Here is example footage recorded by the Armenian drone: https://youtu.be/ahHAZj8ubUM?t=4 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021688.html

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Chinari villagers describe the events and continue their farming while the battle continues not far away. War footage: https://youtu.be/KwT4VPLHUqM

Azeri and Armenian hackers

An Azeri hacking group called "Anti-Armeni" took down Prime Minister Pashinyan's website, including gov.am, as well as the Armenian electric grid's website and news outlet armtimes.com.

https://factor.am/268638.html , https://factor.am/268688.html , https://factor.am/268745.html

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Armenian hackers attacked WiFi devices used by 2,000 Azeri businesses and residential users. The routers' DNS was altered.

This resulted in Azeri users seeing the Armenian flag while vising Heydar Aliyev's library website and other destinations.

https://factor.am/268832.html

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Armenian "Monte Melkonyan Group" hackers penetrated a network containing personal info of Azeri navy members.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021724.html

Casualties

Armenians sustained 4 deaths (a Major, a Captain, and a few conscripts), while 5 were lightly injured yesterday. None of the deceased conscripts were in the immediate front line.

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Azeri Major General Polad Hashimov was killed. He was leading the 3rd Corps.

Azeri Colonel Ilgar Mirzayev was also killed. He led the artillery unit that was firing at Armenia.

Azeris sustained 7 new deaths today, many of them Majors, bringing the number of deaths to 11 since the start of Tavush Battles. Azerbaijan claims 1 civilian was killed in village Agdam.

Wrap-up: https://youtu.be/220lzxNA2JE?t=10

Azeri funeral: https://youtu.be/6e1QZllwmtI

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https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192567 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192572 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192575 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192578 , https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53402476 , http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/282997/

Foreign affairs & response

U.S. State Department condemned the violence on the border and urged ceasefire. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192547

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Deputy President of Guatemalan Congress Felipe Lorenzo, as well as "the majority of MPs" condemned Azerbaijan's aggression. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192544 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192566

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Kremlin is "deeply concerned" and called for a ceasefire. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192583

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Armenian envoy to Russia-led CSTO military bloc asked the bloc to show some support for Armenia as regulated by the bloc's rules: https://factor.am/268710.html

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Ukraine once again expressed support for "Azerbaijan's territorial integrity". The Ukrainian ambassador was summed to Armenian MFA. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192585

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U.S. Senator Ed Markey: I stand with Armenia as they protect their territorial integrity. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192549

U.S. Senator Representative Frank Pallone: Azerbaijan is once against trying to start a war. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192551

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UN secretary Antonio called for ceasefire and end of provocative rhetoric. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192561

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The Human Rights Ombudsman will send a new report to Red Cross about Azeris firing at 3 Armenian villages. Red Cross offered to mediate a ceasefire. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192565 , https://factor.am/268782.html

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Netherland MP Joel Fordevind condemned Azerbaijan's use of force against Armenia. And so did Greek MP Kostantinos. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021660.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021681.html

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Protesters wrote anti-Aliyev and anti-war messages on the Azeri embassy in Paris. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021634.html Megathread

The July Tavush Battles megathread: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hqzp0z/azerbaijanarmenia_border_clashes_megathread/

COVID update

+339 infected. +864 healed. +8 deaths.

136,802 tested. 10,996 active. 20,729 healed. 581 deaths.

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A group of German volunteers arrived to help against COVID.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192555 , https://factor.am/268766.html

update: The trafficking of newborn children / Wider bust

Months earlier the NSS busted a scheme by several medical officials who allegedly convinced mothers to give away 114 newborn children after lying to them about their children having severe medical conditions. The children were sold to foreign adopters.

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The report says: it turns out Ministries and other govt employees were also involved. They laundered the cash received by the adopters.

Beginning in 2005, a foreign adoption center and foreign parents willing to adopt children began sending money to the Armenia-based adoption coordinator.

Since 2007, they began operating in Armenia directly. A group was created tasked with trafficking children. The group consisted of Justice Ministry officials, childbirth center officials, Social Affairs Ministry members, etc.

This group smuggled 114 children and got paid >$2.1mln between 2005-2019. It was then laundered and turned into cash.

The clinic workers lied to parents about their children being born with defects to convince them to abandon the children, while the govt officials made sure the scheme isn’t busted.

The investigation continues.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192548

Ptghni mayor is busted…

...with forging documents to claim his state-issued iPhone broke so he had to throw it away, while in reality, he gave the perfectly functional gadget to his son, say, investigators.

Level 1 crook: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021683.html

Infrastructure upgrades

Chkalovka's 3 roads and the square will be renovated, for the first time since 1988. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021664.html

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Sarukhan village will have a renovated irrigation system as part of the infrastructure grant. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021626.html

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Astghadzor village will have 75 new street poles and lighting network. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1021627.html

Soccer champion (spoiler)

The finale was between Ararat-Armenia and Noah. The former won the tournament after a 2:0 victory. This is Ararat's second consecutive champion's title.

https://factor.am/268817.html

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hr6kfu/jul142020_news_1_tavush_battles_bakuceyhan/

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