2020 October 25
- 1 Daily news and anti-corruption report
- 2 evidence of another war crime committed by Azerbaijan
- 3 how Azerbaijan "purchases" positive media coverage and lobbyists
- 4 non-official death toll
- 5 October 25 / battlefield & videos / international response / demonstrations & donations
- 6 COVID stats
- 7 how to help Artsakh
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Daily news and anti-corruption report
Oct/25/2020 news wrap-up: \\ War in Artsakh (Karabakh) \\ evidence of more war crimes \\ battlefield & footage \\ casualty report \\ Syrian jihadists recruited by Azerbaijan; Greece next? \\ international response & geopolitics \\ humanitarian aid & demonstrations by Armenian diaspora \\ more...
evidence of another war crime committed by Azerbaijan
Artsakh Ombudsman urged the international community to condemn Azerbaijan after a video was published showing the execution of a heavily wounded Armenian POW. The video was verified as authentic.
The Human Rights Watch today: Azerbaijan Uses Banned Weapons in Nagorno-Karabakh. The continued use of cluster munitions – particularly in populated areas – shows flagrant disregard for the safety of civilians.
Map of cluster bomb locations: https://twitter.com/hrw/status/1320275168384647168
how Azerbaijan "purchases" positive media coverage and lobbyists
The Armenian Weekly has done an extensive research to expose the paid lobbyists and other methods Azerbaijan uses to influence the media and politics in their favor. This has been happening long before the war.
non-official death toll
A YouTuber contacted a Telegram account WarFront which posts the names and photos of deceased soldiers. The YouTuber says it's possible because there are volunteers/soldiers in the front lines who check the identities of the dead soldiers by looking for an ID, which the soldiers usually carry on them.
Sometimes the volunteers will scan the social media, find parents of a dead soldier who are looking for their son, and inform them about the loss.
The outlet claims that the 600 death toll that the Armenian side has identified (at the time of the conversation) is lower than the actual number, which is believed to be 1,000-1,200 (as of right now 970 are officially reported by the Armenian side).
The outlet says the Azeri deaths are between 7000-9000 (the Azeri govt doesn't disclose any data at all).
The channel has already published the names and photos of 5,000 dead soldiers, according to the YouTuber.
"Textbooks say the attackers usually sustain 3x the losses, but these numbers indicate 7x. Why is it so high? There are two unofficial theories circulating around:
Theory 1) Aliyev drafts a disproportionately high % of ethnic minorities, who often aren't loyal to him, as cannon fodder. An ethnic Talysh MMA fighter recently wore an Armenian flag before a fight.
WarFront has identified, based on the names of dead Azeri soldiers, that they are disproportionately from parts of Azerbaijan that are heavily populated by ethnic minorities.
Theory 2) There are reports of soldiers being given syringes with numbing substances so they won't be afraid to march while the bullets fly. That's not unheard of. The Japanese gave it to kamikazes in WW2. WarFront has confirmed several instances of discovering syringes under the possession of dead Azeri soldiers.
October 25 / battlefield & videos / international response / demonstrations & donations
00:15: President of Egypt Abdel Sisi said Erdogan is paving a way for jihadists to enter Greece. The report originated from Greek outlet Greek City Times, which cited Syrian-born journalist Abraham Kasparian.
"Kasparian, who has an impressive reliability track record, concluded this part of his daily bulletin by saying that his report “will be a great gift to our fellow Greeks and their intelligence. I’m sure our Greek friends and their intelligence already have this information, but if not – then here you go", writes Greek City Times about the report.
"Kasparian's report on Syrian mercenaries preparing to be deployed on the Greek border comes as Stephanie Turco Williams, the top U.N. envoy for Libya, announced today that foreign mercenaries will depart from all Libyan territories land, air and sea” within three months.
Kasparian's report: https://youtu.be/A9fJ0fbys-Q
00:17: this is Vardan Vardanyan, a professional artilleryman. He's recovering in a hospital. He shot a tank in Jabrayil. On October 7th he helped to destroy a TOS-1C heavy rocket launcher.
1:00: the French Parliament has sent a 20-member delegation to Artsakh to help raise awareness of the conflict. They'll stay until October 27th. "Our country, together with Russia and the United States, chairs the Minsk Group, which must find a solution to the conflict. We have great diplomatic and humanitarian responsibility."
In the morning they visited the Tsitsernakaberd genocide memorial, and the Russian reporter Kotenok who was wounded during the second bombing of Shushi church; the latter told the French deputies how it happened.
18:45: Pashinyan met the French Parliamentarians, and thanked them and president Macron for raising awareness and speaking the truth. He said the self-determination and safety of the Artsakh people is the priority.
19:03: some of the MPs have signed under the document to support the independence of Artsakh.
9:10 Artsakh govt: overnight, Azeris continued to shell civilian settlements Karmir Shuka, Tagavard, Gashi, Spitakashen and Avetaranots. Not only that, but they also targeted the agricultural areas near the settlements. The aforementioned settlements do not have military facilities. No one was injured.
9:39: army captured an Azeri military truck in the morning and published the photo. "Fresh product early in the morning."
10:18 army: the night was stable-tense. Artillery battles continue in several locations. There are localized battles in all directions; the enemy infiltrators are being found and neutralized.
10:21: this madlad right here
11:13: your daily clown 🤡 report. The government of Azerbaijan has blamed Armenians, after the U.S. government told its citizens to be careful of kidnappings and terror attacks in Baku. Aliyev's outlet wrote something about "Armenians plotting kidnappings and attacks", presumably in the middle of Baku.
(Hint: there are thousands of Al Qaeda and ISIS-linked fighters in Azerbaijan right now.)
11:58: PMA Venture Capital founder George Baghumyan has made another large donation today. He gave $1m to My Step Foundation which usually treats children with cancer and former soldiers.
12:12: Iran is holding military exercises near the border with Artsakh. Their Imam Zaman brigade will be deployed "to secure the safety of citizens". What's notable is that part of the military will be deployed with the Nakhijevan border, away from Artsakh.
12:44: a group of Armenian musicians in Los Angeles held a 7-hour fundraiser and donated $50,000 to www.HimnaDram.org
13:06: Armenians held a demonstration in the U.S. state of Indiana.
13:08: Armenia filed a petition with the European Court for Human Rights to demand decent treatment by Azerbaijan towards 8 Armenian POWs.
A video was released earlier showing how an Azeri soldier executes a heavily sounded Armenian POW. The Ombudsman called it a war crime and urged the international community not to be silent.
13:29: the Armenian communities in Australia and New Zealand held an "Artsakh Strong" telethon and collected $1.2m in donations. Another $1.4m was collected earlier. The sum will be donated to www.HimnaDram.org
13:32: Ilham Aliyev gave an interview recently, bragged about how much he pays Russia for weapons, and claimed to have purchased weapons from Iran. The problem is, that would be in violation of U.S. sanctions.
Several American politicians have already called for sanctions against Aliyev for the aggression. Political analyst Suren Sargsyan believes Azerbaijan can get in trouble after Aliyev's statement.
14:22: the NSS is teaching the Armenian public how to enable two-factor authentication on Facebook, after numerous reports of Azeri hackers hijacking social media accounts.
14:27: this bakery in Stepanakert is working 24/7. Volunteers arrived from Yerevan to substitute those who had left.
14:32 Pashinyan's spokeswoman: Ilham Aliyev's statement about the need for Armenia to announce support for the Basic Principles crafted by Minsk Group is baffling, because Armenia has always supported those principles.
Pashinyan has always insisted on a mutual compromise based on those principles, but every time Armenia agreed to compromise, Aliyev would demand more and more.
14:46: army has identified and published the names of 11 soldiers who died fighting. Overall 974. Among them is ethnic Yezidi sheikh Mraz Qloyan.
15:47: Armenians held a demonstration in Batumi, Ajaria, Georgia. The community leader of Ajarian-Armenians has announced the third stage of donation collection that involves Armenians from other regions.
16:09: Order of Combat Cross is awarded to Colonel Arshavir Ghulyan for using artillery to neutralize a large number of personnel, and to Lt. Colonel Manuk Melkonyan for defending a position in the south-west.
Medal for Courage is awarded to a group of tankers for destroying an enemy tank and other missions, and to Sergeant Patyan for organizing the evacuation of wounded soldiers while under enemy fire.
Medal for Combat Service is awarded to four soldiers for destroying D-30 Howitzers, artillery checkpoints, and columns of vehicles.
16:12: the air sirens went off in capital Stepanakert for 5 minutes. Ten minutes later the alarm was raised again. It was over an Azeri drone that was spotted in the air.
16:17 Modern Diplomacy article: it's time for the EU to act against Erdogan, whose criminal activities inside and outside of Turkey pose a big threat. Erdogan is threatening the EU with large migration in addition to ongoing military involvement in Syria and Iraq. However, Europe has managed to convince itself that Turkey is too important from a geopolitical point, so Erdogan takes advantage of this.
16:38: French Parliament MP Valérie Boyer has joined the calls for Turkey's expulsion from NATO, sanctions, and an end to its EU integration plans. It comes a day after Erdogan's disrespectful comments to Macron about "go seek psychological help."
Boyer had earlier criticized the Turkish-Azeri aggression against Artsakh.
In other news. ISIS members are burning the French flag in Syria.
17:19: a video shows an Armenian-speaking Azeri infiltrator after being uncovered and captured by Armenian troops. He is being transported while tied. The soldiers ask him if he has family and kids.
17:46: Armenians will create a Committee in Poland, tasked with the promotion of Artsakh's recognition.
17:48: Artsakh president Arayik visited the south-eastern front. "The army and the volunteers are firmly in their positions and are making heroic efforts to defend the Homeland. Glory to the brave sons of our people."
18:03: army released footage showing the destruction of an Azeri armored vehicle.
18:15 Nikola Aznavour's letter to Israeli president: Holocaust survivor Israel cannot turn a blind eye or participate in a genocide.
18:21 Artsakh govt: the army is currently trying to neutralize a small group of infiltrators near Avetaranots village [it's the same area between Martuni-Hadrut-Shushi in center-east].
WarGonzo reporter's colleague Kristina M.: we were in Avetaranots village to interview civilians about the recent bombing when soldiers told us about spotting Azeri infiltrators in nearby forests and about an imminent battle. They drove us away for safety.
18:22 army spokesman: According to the gathered intel, the terrorists are complaining that the Azeris are taking away not only their passports but also their phones. We all understand why this is being done.
18:32: Armenians gathered in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and called for official recognition of Artsakh. The anthem was played. They performed the Berd dance: https://youtu.be/IMYmFgDo0q8
They then gathered in front of the Turkish embassy to protest the aggression.
18:36: photos of soldiers from the front lines
18:41: army published a photo of a downed Azeri drone that resembles an Israeli-made Skystriker. 218 were shot since September 27th.
18:49: "Thanks, everyone," said the army and asked volunteers not to donate sleeping bags anymore. They have more than enough.
19:00: Russian-Armenian community sent an Il-76 jet filled with medicine, ambulance vehicles, medical devices, etc.
19:11: Catholicos Garegin B called for Armenians to dedicate themselves to the defense of the homeland, stand with the soldiers in the front line, and defeat the enemy.
19:13: satirical cartoon about Erdogan telling Macron to seek help:
19:18: Artsakh president Arayik has awarded the Hero of Artsakh medal to Major General Karen Shaqaryan and Colonel Hunan Hayrumyan.
19:27: Armenian community held a demonstration in north-eastern city Qamishli, Syria.
19:30 National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien: we're working on a ceasefire. Armenia has accepted it, while Azerbaijan has not. We are pushing Azerbaijan to do so. Under Trump's direction, we have spent the entire weekend trying to broker peace.
Trump during a campaign rally: we have Armenia. Look at Armenia. They are incredible people. They are fighting like hell. You know what? We're gonna get something done. In Ohio, we had a tremendous group of Armenians with the flag. The spirit. The problems they have, the fighting and stuff, we're gonna get that straightened out. I call that an "easy one", okay? Go back and tell your people [talking to an Armenian fan in a crowd]. It's easy. If you know what you're doing it's easy [referring to achieving a ceasefire].
23:43: the U.S. has brokered a ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, beginning 08:00 October 26th.
Trump video: https://t.me/infoteka24/9940
19:55: satellite photo shows the Turkish F-16 jets in Azerbaijan's Gabala airport. Six units were spotted a week ago.
19:57: a candlelight vigil was held in Freedom Square to honor the fallen soldiers.
20:07: Aliyev claimed he isn't aware of any Syrian jihadists in Azerbaijan, so Russia handed over data showing their presence, says Russian RIA Novosty outlet, citing a Russian deputy Viktor Vodolatski.
“If Aliyev does not know about their presence, there is a game against him," said the deputy.
20:19: Ararat soccer club has sent the third batch of humanitarian aid to Artsakh. The players donated blood. Artsakh refugee kids are invited to train in the clubs' facilities.
20:27: MFA Mnatsakanyan spoke with several U.S. Congress members.
20:36 French Secretary of State: Turkey should stop pouring fuel on the fire in the Karabakh conflict.
20:44: Russian reporter Alexander Sladkov is in Azerbaijan and says the Russian journalists face obstacles at every step, while Turkish reporters are treated as "brothers".
20:45 Daniel Ioannisyan (non-official): in one of the villages near Hadrut, a group of 30 Azeri soldiers gathered and began recording a video of a flag installation when our artillery made a direct strike against them. I'm afraid Aliyev won't be sharing that video.
21:14: chess champion Maria Gevorgyan held an open-air chess tournament against multiple players and will donate the 200,000 AMD revenue to www.HimnaDram.org
21:21: army released footage showing a remotely-controlled Armenia-made suicide drone striking the target during a test a combat situation.
21:42: Azeri army bombed the civilian settlement Madatashen in the center-east. Three buildings were damaged. Villages Atevaranots, Sghnakh and Moshkhmhat were also targeted.
21:46: Pashinyan gave an interview to the Indian WION outlet and spoke about the importance of recognizing Artsakh's independence based on the "secession for salvation" idea, and said he expects India to acknowledge the presence of jihadists imported by Turkey.
"Turkey is importing terrorists to Karabakh, and is part of the war in which cluster bombs are being used against civilians. Turkey is a member of NATO. Actions taken by Turkey in Karabakh places some responsibility on NATO."
"Armenians are the last obstacle to Turkey's imperialist policy."
22:00 army spokesman Artsrun's briefing: the battles continued throughout the day, from north to all the way south.
The north was shelled in the morning, followed by military action, but it wasn't as heavy as in the south.
Between the Hadrut-Martuni area, including near Avetaranots village forests, Azeri infiltrator groups were detected. The location and neutralization continues. As a rule of thumb, these infiltrators do not engage and quickly retreat after facing resistance.
In the southern front, Azeris launched dozens of attacks towards north and north-west in the Sanasar (Qubatli) direction. The heavy battles continued throughout the day and haven't stopped.
Q: some Russian analysts are wondering what would be considered a "victory" for Armenia.
A: in this fight against the Azeri-Turkish forces, a victory means depriving the enemy of being able to carry out its missions, establish safety for the population, and prevent a second genocide.
22:11: Russian reporter Daria Islamova is in Artsakh. She published footage showing a nearby artillery strike while she was interviewing a soldier.
Here is another video of a soldier eating Nutella while bombs fly nearby:
22:30: those truck tires that people often donate to the army aren't just a meme. Meghri municipality is collecting tires to send to the front lines.
22:33: Armenian Food Festival was held in Tallin, Estonia. The revenue will be donated to Artsakh's children.
23:43: the U.S. brokered a ceasefire agreement beginning 08:00 October 26th.
MFAs of AM and AZ will meet in Geneva on October 29th.
+4,790. tested. +2,314 infected. +207 healed. +23 deaths. 25,412 active.
how to help Artsakh
www.1000plus.am (medical help for soldiers)
www.HimnaDram.org (international donations)
www.ArmeniaFund.org (tax-deductible in the U.S.)
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