2020 October 10
Daily news and anti-corruption report
Oct/10/2020 wrap-up: \\ War in Karabakh (Artsakh) \\ Aliyev's desperate attempt in Hadrut \\ shaky ceasefire is established after more battles \\ army briefing \\ Azeri jihadists upload video \\ donations continue \\ international community condemns Turkey \\ calls to recognize Artsakh Republic
Previous days: October 9 , October 8 , October 7, October 6, October 5, October 4, October 3, October 2, October 1, September 30, September 29, September 28, September 27
Syrian militants upload a video from Azerbaijan
Russian military ANNA reporters, who are specialized in covering militant-related news, and others, have analyzed a video shared by Syrian jihadists.
They're seen using Azeri military vehicles, Azeri uniforms, they have Idlib "accent" (Turkey recruits jihadists from Idlib area), the weather looks the same as in the first week in Artsakh, and a few other elements that point out to them being militants from that area (besides speaking in Arabic).
ethnic Lezgin activist criticizes Azerbaijani government's policies
(For context about the issues that ethnic minorities face in Azerbaijan, visit the previous threads.)
Lezgin activist Vagif Kerimov criticized the Azeri government's policy of oppressing ethnic minorities in Azerbaijan (e.g. forced assimilation measures, repopulation) and disproportionately high draft numbers in minority regions.
"The Republic of Azerbaijan had begun removing the information indicating the ethnicity of the people and started attaching "oglu" at the end of the name, but despite this, we were able to look up the names and birthplaces of soldiers who died in the first Karabakh war. We found that the death rate among Lezgins was disproportionally higher. From the 12,000 dead soldiers, the 4,000 were 'mountainous minorities'. 2% of the population gave 30% of deaths."
"Today people can't escape, either. There is a pandemic, the borders are closed, and dodging a draft is a felony. Who needs this war? It's not even their land."
The full interview with Vagif Kerimov: https://youtu.be/-AHvkbkdfuY
a few more things from yesterday
Los Angeles policeman waves the Armenian flag in support of the demonstrators.
During the EAEU bloc summit in Yerevan, the Russian PM Mishustin announced that the Russian COVID vaccine is ready and they'll "share it with the allies first".
Armenian world champion boxer Armen Bachkov defeated his Venezuelan opponent and waved the Armenian flag while wearing a t-shirt with a message in support of Armenian soldiers.
October 10th arrives / military events and international response
1:18: remnants of another bomb fell in northern Iran, near the borders with Artsakh.
1:24: thousands of Armenians took to the streets of Paris to protest the aggression against Artsakh.
1:32: U.S. House Representative David Sicilian has called for the official recognition of the Artsakh Republic.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed participated in an Armenian demonstration in Rhode Island.
It's 1:45 am and the MFAs of Armenia and Azerbaijan are still negotiating in Russia, for 9 hours straight, over a humanitarian gesture to pause the battles to collect the bodies from battlefields.
2:16: MFA of Canada called the MFA of Turkey and asked them not to intervene in the Karabakh conflict. The Turkish MFA allegedly agreed that the conflict has no military solution and that the Minks Group should be the mediator.
3:50: Russian MFA Lavrov says the two sides have agreed for a ceasefire starting 12 o'clock to exchange POWs and recover the dead bodies with the help of the Red Cross.
Azerbaijan and Armenia, with the help of the Minsk Group, will launch peace talks to resolve the conflict. Both sides have agreed that the negotiating format (Minsk Group) won't change.
5:34 Armenian MFA Mnatsakanyan: It is necessary to stop the fire, then talk about the peace process.
For us, the priority was to reach a situation where we could put an end to this aggression. The aggression, in this case, was special because Azerbaijan's actions were accompanied by a fairly open, strong support from Turkey and the involvement of international terrorist groups. In fact, our compatriots were fighting in Nagorno Karabakh in rather special conditions, when, apart from Azerbaijan, there was such a strong attack with the involvement of such forces.
This conflict has become a very serious challenge for the whole region, and first of all for Nagorno Karabakh, because of course, it would be impossible to talk about progress without ending the military actions.
What we have been able to agree during the long negotiations is that we need to stop the fire and then to talk about the peace process, and to reaffirm that the Minsk Group remains the internationally recognized platform for the peace process.
8:51: it's early morning in Artsakh. The sunrise looks like an atomic mushroom cloud.
10:10 two hours left until the ceasefire. Azeris are using more drone attacks in the south. "The army repelled the attacks, causing damage to Azeri equipment and personnel."
10:30: one of the Azeri drones was used near Artsvanik village in the Republic of Armenia's southern province of Syunik. One person died. The MFA condemned the attack on RA territory.
11:06: the army has identified 26 more soldiers who died in the battlefield, bringing the total to 402.
Non-official sources have identified another 40 dead Azeri soldiers. Aliyev continues to keep their numbers secret.
11:26 army: Azeris are using the last minutes to attack as much as possible but the defense army successfully repelled them. Aliyev spread a laughable fake news about shelling Hadrut from Khojalu.
11:35 army spokesman: Փաստորեն ադրբեջանական բանակը ունի նաև աշխարհի «ամենահզոր» հակահրթիռային համակարգը։ Մանկապարտեզի մուլտերը ադրբեջանի հասարակության համար շարունակվում են
11:52: army shared a video from the southern front lines with soldiers telling how they infiltrated and captured an Azeri position.
12:05 army: Azeris ignored the 12 o'clock ceasefire agreement and attacked near Karakhanbeyli. We are taking appropriate measures to stop them.
12:14: the Artsakh army has been instructed to cease fire.
12:52: the Russian journalist who was seriously wounded after the Azeri bombing of Shushi church says the Azeri drone hovered above for 20 minutes, and as soon as they entered the church, it was bombed. "We were 100% intentionally targeted."
13:06 army: the Azeri reports that we violated the ceasefire and shot towards Tartar and Aghdam are false.
13:30: Azeris had 440 tanks before the war. 100 of them were older T-55 models that were not used on the battlefield.
Their fleet mainly consists of second-hand T-72 tanks ($0.5m) that they renovated in Israel ($0.5m + top dollars for renovation). The most expensive ones are newer T-90 models; they purchased 100 from Russia for $4m each.
These 3 Artsakhtsi boys (link below) alone destroyed >$17m worth Azeri tanks, assuming they were T-72 models; the damage can be higher. There is also footage of T-90 tanks being destroyed.
Azeris lost 508 tanks and armored vehicles, "mostly tanks".
14:05: U.S. Representative Bred Sherman called for sanctions against Azeri politicians under Global Magnitski Act for targeting Artsakh civilians.
14:14: president Sarkissian gave an interview to Arabic Alghad TV to raise awareness of the issue and dismiss Azeri claims.
14:29: Iran has welcomed the ceasefire in its northern borders.
14:31: three more soldiers received a medal for courageous actions.
14:58 army: Azeri diversion-intelligence unit tried to penetrate southern Hadrut city a few hours before the ceasefire. Our army continues the operation to encircle and destroy them. They attacked Hadrut in an attempt to satisfy Aliyev's yesterday's false claim that they captured the city.
WarGonzo reporter in Hadrut: around 200 soldiers, dressed in all black, presumably Turkish special forces, tried to infiltrate Hadrut to plant a flag for Aliyev's propaganda purposes, according to locals. Hadrut mayor is in the city. There are currently battles to encircle and neutralize the intruders.
The intruders were in two groups. They were hiding behind the hills next to Hadrut. That's where the battles are at right now. The city is under Armenian control.
Artsakh President: I have just returned from Hadrut. As you know, the enemy, ignoring the humanitarian ceasefire agreement, launched a subversive attack. The situation at the moment is completely under our control.
WarGonzo reporter was able to get the details. When the 200 [presumably Turkish] special forces infiltrated Hadrut, they tried to plant the Azeri flag above the city's administrative building, but the city mayor and 22 other armed residents were there and held them back for half an hour until the Artsakh special forces arrived.
The Turks ran to the hills behind the city. The snipers and other Artsakh forces are looking for them.
It was later revealed that the Turkish-Azeri forced killed a woman and her disabled son in Hadrut during the infiltration. The human rights ombudsman will prepare a report tomorrow.
15:25: sappers began removing unexploded mines from the capital Stepanakert.
15:31: Ilham Aliyev says the first military phase is over and he's ready to switch to politics.
15:51: European Parliament MP Nickolas Bay criticized his colleagues for not doing enough to counter Turkish aggression and the recruitment of militants. "Europe can be Turkey's next target."
16:38: Artsakh has accused Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire agreement.
16:42: Army released a new WiWillWin video
17:02: a Turkish MP from the HDP party has sent a letter to the government to demand clarification on how they recruited the Syrian militants for Azerbaijan, what their salaries are, the details of the F-16 and Turkish drone deployment in Azerbaijan.
17:36: Azeri MFA accused France of not being impartial, "while Russia remains neutral."
17:40: During a phone call with Russia, the Iranian president Rouhani has reiterated that third party [Turkey's] involvement doesn't benefit to peace and the presence of terrorists is a threat to all countries in the region.
17:44: pro-govt Turkish newspapers are upset that Turkey won't be part of the peace negotiations again, "despite Aliyev's firm demands."
18:43: Joe Biden criticized Russia for selling weapons to Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged the placement of more border monitoring mechanisms.
19:10: the MoD is holding talks with the Red Cross about the swap of deceased bodies.
19:13: Dashnaks organized protests in several European cities (London, Berlin, Strassburg) against the Azeri-Turkish aggression.
19:31: the Bulgarian party "National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria" expressed solidarity for Armenia and Artsakh and condemned the "war crimes against civilians."
19:41: Pashinyan gave an interview to the German ZDF outlet. "A compromise is possible if both sides are willing to make it. Azerbaijan refuses. The international recognition of the Artsakh Republic is the best way to resolve the conflict and help the civilians who are facing a threat of genocide."
19:50: the Russian-Azeri propagandist Saadat Kadirova was fired from the Russian TASS news agency yesterday for justifying the bombing of a church in Shushi, which injured civilians and journalists. "Echo Moskvi" Russian outlet has also suspended her media page.
19:51: 180 unexploded cluster bombs have been discovered in Stepanakert so far. Azerbaijan used these banned weapon against civilians for over a week.
21:07 army briefing: between yesterday and today's ceasefire declaration, Azeris lost 200 soldiers, 3 drones, 4 vehicles, and other equipment.
They increased the attacks just before 12 o'clock but we repelled them.
Just before the ceasefire, several small groups of Azeri forces tried to infiltrate Hadrut city. Small battles ensued to neutralize them while the ceasefire was already in place; it was obviously calculated by Azeris to last beyond the ceasefire deadline. The infiltrators are being neutralized. Their destruction is almost complete.
In one location we allowed Azeris to approach and collect their bodies from the buffer zone, but afterward, that process was paused because Azeris used these incidents for provocative actions. From now on, we will only let them collect the bodies if the Red Cross is present.
We don't know how long the ceasefire will last. There will be an announcement about it.
The borders are relatively calm right now. Minor localized shootouts.
Azeris collecting their bodies: https://www.facebook.com/347343875998132/posts/772581186807730/
21:29 Artsakh president: during today's fight against the Hadrut infiltrators I was once again convinced that the fighting spirit of our boys is strong. Their peaceful and sober eyes express the confident mood of victory in the fight against the enemy bandits.
By the way, in Hadrut I accidentally met Arushan Badasyan, one of our legendary commanders of the First Artsakh War, who hurried to Artsakh from the United States as soon as he received the news of the war. We stand for our land, and that process is unstoppable.
22:10: Russian MFA spoke with the MFAs of AM and AZ. The two reaffirmed their commitment to the ceasefire.
21:46: Montenegro's national soccer team goalkeeper Andrija Dragojevic dedicated the team's 2:0 victory against Azerbaijan to Armenia. Hashtag ForArmenia.
21:53: German Parliament MP Sevim Dağdelen, a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, demands the German govt to "condemn NATO-member Turkey for playing with fire". She called for the suspension of military aid to Erdogan, "who uses Islamist militants, drones, to help Azerbaijan to attack and sabotage the peaceful resolution of the conflict."
22:01: volunteers collected aid for Artsakh. Lavash, sleeping bags, cigarettes, clothing, canned food etc. This group sends sometimes 4 trucks a day.
22:02: mass demonstrations were held by Armenians in New York with the use of car caravans and Armenian flags. They referred to Turkey as a terrorist state and called for Artsakh's international recognition.
Protesters gathered in front of NBC headquarters to demand fair coverage.
23:26: capital Stepanakert was bombed despite the ceasefire agreement.
Hayk and Eliza Titizyan have donated $50,000 to Artsakh through the church.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's soccer club "Roma" has donated 117 boxes of clothing and jersey for Artsakh residents.
Armenian Electric Grid donated 200mln Drams to All-Armenia Fund.
Kim Kardashian has asked her Instagram followers to donate to Artsakh.
Donations from around the world: www.himnadram.org
Tax-deductible donations from USA: www.ArmeniaFund.org
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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/j8qydu/oct102020_wrapup_war_in_karabakh_artsakh_aliyevs/
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