2020 October 29

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Oct/29/2020 news wrap-up: \\ War in Artsakh (Karabakh) \\ battlefield, analysis, map \\ Artsakh's civilians targeted \\ reports of Syrian jihadists \\ terrorist attacks \\ casualty report; bodies transferred \\ international response & diplomacy \\ donations & demonstrations \\ can you find Hagop?
by ar_david_hh

few more things from yesterday

I've been told Armenian MoD spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan has even more social media fan accounts:


This is Colonel Aida Serobyan. She served as a nurse in the first war in the 1990s, was wounded twice, and received the Medal of Valor. Today, at the age of 66, she still helps the soldiers.


more bodies of Azeri-recruited jihadists are returned home

Syrian SOHR organization has learned about the transfer of 25 more jihadist bodies from Azerbaijan to Syria. They entered through the Hoor Kilis border with Turkey, last night.

"In the past few hours, SOHR activists documented the death of 29 Syrian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh battles, nearly 15 of whom have been arrived in Syria."

SOHR activists alone have counted 217 bodies so far.



terrorist attacks and riots in Europe

A group of rioters, some of whom wearing flags of a Turkish ultra-nationalist "Grey Wolves" terrorist organization, took to the streets of Vienne and Lyon in France "in search of Armenians". They chased away a small group of police.

French MP Valerie Boyer shared the video of the Turkish rioters and said "how long are we going to stay neutral, ignore the Turkish expansionism, and not apply sanctions?"

Three French residents were killed in a church in Nice, France. One was beheaded. The police described it as a terrorist attack. President Macron went to the scene.

Another radicalized individual was shot in the French city Avignon after threatening nearby people and cops with a weapon.

President Macron summoned a Security Council meeting.

Pashinyan condemned the attacks. Vladimir Putin called for unifying efforts in the fight against terrorism.

Boyer: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=902120870195661




https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033154.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033185.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033189.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033194.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033216.html

October 29 / battlefield & analysis / international response & diplomacy / donations & demonstrations

Video showing the destruction of an Azeri Smerch missile unit, followed by a cloud of thick dark smoke. Azerbaijan often uses these to target civilians in cities:



Azerbaijan's known equipment losses are worth $1.724B.


Several cargo planes flew from Russia to Armenia. At least one of them could be carrying a military load because it took the long route to bypass Georgia (Georgia won't allow Russian weapon transfer over its territory).


23:00: ONEArmenia live streamed the "Rock for Artsakh" charity concert featuring famous artists and up-and-coming groups.


23:35 Joe Biden: Following the collapse of the ceasefire, a humanitarian disaster is looming for the people of Karabakh, who need to have their security protected. Trump should directly engage the leaders of AM, AZ, and TR to de-escalate and stop the advancement of AZ troops.

Trump should stop the flow of military equipment to AZ under Section 907, and should call for TR and RU to stop fueling the conflict, and for TR to stop sending Syrian mercenaries.


00:16 Canadian MP Gurratan Singh: The world is watching a human rights crisis unfold. Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh need access to life, liberty & self-determination. I stand with the call for an immediate end to hostilities & a permanent solution for peace.


1:00: the Italian cities of Palermo and Asolo have officially recognized Artsakh as an independent state. Double g.r.a.z.i.e. 👏👏



2:01: Facebook has allegedly locked the account of "the most popular Azeri journalist" Hamid Hamidov for writing a racist post about ethnic Armenians being his enemies and how every superpower's leader, or a high-ranking official, has part-Armenian roots. [where have we seen this before? 🤔]

https://t.me/sashakots/17757 , https://t.me/ArmenianVendetta/6247

5:13 U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney: Sanctioning Ilham Aliyev is just the first step. We must engage all parties to stop the advance of the Azeri troops into Artsakh, and enforce Section 907 ban on military aid to Baku.

(She is among 50 House Representatives to support the sanctions.)



00:42: the army spokesman randomly writes "we will win" on Facebook without giving details. Strange.

1:46: an unverified video is uploaded on YouTube showing an Armenian soldier celebrating the "liberation of Qubatlu" (in the south-west). It's unverified and wasn't uploaded to an official account. Some analysts warned against celebrating unverified reports.

2:19: Azerbaijan bombed the civilian areas of capital Stepanakert.

3:04: 5 more bombs were dropped on capital Stepanakert. No injuries or major damage.

8:08 - 9:17 Russian ANNA reporter: Stepanakert is being bombed since the morning. No one is counting the bombs anymore. Around ten flights. Another 4 bombs just now…

9:19: photos show the destruction caused by the bombing in Shushi. Civilians were injured:





https://t.me/anna_news/9169 , https://t.me/anna_news/9171 , https://t.me/anna_news/9172 , https://t.me/anna_news/9173

8:28: French ruling-party MP Daniele Cazarian was among the 15-member French delegation who visited Artsakh. She called for sanctions against Azerbaijan and Turkey, citing the illegal use of cluster bombs.


8:55 army: we shot another Turkish Bayraktar drone.


9:03 MoD: the situation remained stable-tense last night. From midnight to morning, the enemy used Smerch missiles against capital Stepanakert, Shushi, and other nearby settlements.

The Defense Army continues to confidentially carry out its missions and keep the situation under control.


9:10 Artsakh govt: the intense battles continue in several locations, especially near [already-mentioned] Avetaranots and Aknaghbyur villages. The enemy has lost many soldiers.


9:36: another MMA fighter, Vardan Asatryan (28 fights, 20 victories), went to Artsakh and joined as a volunteer.

MMA fighter Albert Ghazaryan is also on the front lines. He received a light injury.

Photo: https://sport.news.am/arm/news/116113/


10:22: Kim Kardashian shared a blouse that she received as a birthday gift. It reads "I didn't ask to be Armenian. I just got lucky."


10:32: 150 Assyrian-Armenians are fighting to defend Artsakh, said the Assyrian community representative. Five have sacrificed their lives. "More have signed up to volunteer."

The Assyrian community from around the world, including the church, has donated $100,000 to himnadram.org, along with 10 trucks of humanitarian aid, and food for 1,500 Artsakh residents.


Photos: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033124.html

10:34: the army has identified and published the names of 51 soldiers who died in battles, bringing the total to 1119.


10:38 - 11:46 Azerbaijan used Smerch and airforce to bomb the civilian settlements of Stepanakert, Shushi, and Martakert again.

Artsakh MoD: Azerbaijan once again ignored the international law, committed a war crime, and targeted the civilian population. Some were wounded. The criminal leadership of Azerbaijan bears all the responsibility for future escalation.

Armenian MFA: Azerbaijan's policy of ethnic cleansing and war crimes is destined to fail and will continue to meet the resistance of the Artsakh people. For three days, the major civilian settlements have been bombed with missiles, aviation, and drones.

Pashinyan on Twitter: Turkish-led Azerbaijani forces, along with terrorists, continue intensive military operations in different directions of the front line, including peaceful settlements across Artsakh. Their aim is the ethnic cleansing of Armenians in Artsakh. Recognize Artsakh.

Shushi damage video: https://youtu.be/Ce2-IBH6VKY

Shushi damage video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2051826754951505

Martakert damage: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033138.html , https://factor.am/301922.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033126.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033131.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033149.html


10:46: Russian-Armenian businessman Samvel Karapetyan (Tashir) has vowed to rebuild the birth clinic bombed by Azerbaijan yesterday. "New lives will be born there."


12:32: Artsakh govt has published the list of military objects in Azerbaijan's Barda and Ganja cities, which are legitimate targets.

Barda has a central command unit, a military repair battalion, a communications battalion, an anti-aircraft division, a tank brigade, anti-tank division.

Ganja has an airbase for jets and helicopters, motorized rifle brigade, internal forces special brigade, a command center, radio control center, oil/fuel storage, a factory that produces and repairs military equipment.

Earlier Artsakh govt had urged the Azeri civilians to leave the aforementioned areas to prevent collateral damage.


11:41: Two Lieutenants and a Private received medals for shooting 6 drones.

A reservist got a medal for shooting 1 drone.

Two doctors for evacuating the wounded from the dangerous battlefield, and several Privates for aiding them.

A Colonel, a Lt. Colonel, and a Private, for organizing the troops and carrying out successful missions while under artillery fire.


12:03: Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro has urged Azerbaijan to stop the aggression against Artsakh. He shared the footage showing the destruction of a birth clinic in Stepanakert.


12:32: the army released a video compilation of recent lies circulated by the Azeri govt and media.


12:35 DRAMA ALERT: popular designer Michael Costello, who recently expressed solidarity with Artsakh, has learned that his half-brother is Armenian.

The bro is from the same father but an Armenian mother. He apparently lives in Glendale (massive surprise).

"You guys, so I never knew this, but my father has just told me that I have a half brother Armenian, from Beirut, and his name is Hagop Giragossian, and his mother's name was Manushak Giragossian.

Brother, if you're out there, hit me up. If any of my Armenian friends know how to find Hagop, help me find him."



Photos: https://style.news.am/arm/news/74688/staca-kyanqis-amenamets-u-shokayin-lury-dizayner-mayql-kostelon-pntrum-e-hay-exbory.html

12:43: աշխարհազոր army unit is being formed in Armenia's Tavush province. Anyone young and old who isn't already listed in reserves will be allowed to join in properly organized volunteer groups that report to the MoD.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=459319901709302


12:53: Azerbaijan has so far lost 6,854 soldiers, 6 TOS, 632 tanks and armored vehicles, 25 aircrafts, 16 helicopters, 226 drones.

Their latest losses were 105 soldiers, 3 drones, 14 armored vehicles.

Artsakh MoD accused the Azeri govt of not caring about their soldiers' bodies and leaving thousands of them to rot on the battlefield. The MoD shared a graphic video of several bodies still in an Armenian-controlled area.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033144.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033146.html , https://news.am/arm/news/610420.html

12:44: Russian-Armenians sent 50 tons of humanitarian aid to Armenia yesterday.


12:52: army published a video about reservists' training. There are women and diasporans among the recruits. They learn how to shoot and various tactics.


12:57: an Azeri suicide drone fell on a churchman's vehicle but didn't explode.

Photo: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033145.html

13:29: famous Russian-Armenian actor Mickael Galustyan shared a video with his millions of followers showing the Stepanakert hospital while it was being bombed by Azerbaijan,.


13:30: soldiers released footage showing several destroyed Azeri tanks and armored vehicles laying on the road.


14:05: Sweden has donated 20m Krona to Red Cross for humanitarian work in Artsakh.


14:27: after discussions with Russia and the Red Cross, Azerbaijan has agreed to hand over the bodies of 29 deceased Armenian soldiers. One Armenian civilian was safely transferred to Armenia through Georgian territory.

The Armenian side has expressed willingness to follow the humanitarian agreement and hand over Azeri bodies.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033159.html , https://news.am/arm/news/610475.html

14:48 - 17:43: the air sirens went off in capital Stepanakert again. Sounds of explosions were heard


14:56: women and children in Gegharquniq and Tavush provinces are sewing warm clothes for soldiers and camo-netting commonly used for concealing objects in front lines.



14:57: Armenian MoD refuted the Azeri claims of shooting two Armenia Su-25 jets.


15:04: Russian Tyumen city's Armenian community leader donated 16m Rubles and 10m Drams to Himnadram.

Kazakh city Kustanay's Armenian residents donated clothes and money.

Vardenik settlement residents donated fuel, warm clothes, and money.

Noratus residents donated two trucks, an UAZ car, and money.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033167.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033169.html

15:12 the American Conservative article: "Turkey’s Hateful Neo-Ottoman Campaign Against the Armenians", written by Turkish journalist Uzay Bulut.

"For the past four weeks, the people of the Armenian Republic of Artsakh, more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, have been indiscriminately shelled by Azerbaijan, which is militarily and politically backed by Turkey, a NATO member and a European Union candidate."

Full article: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/turkeys-hateful-neo-ottoman-campaign-against-the-armenians/


15:38: photos of soldiers from front lines:


15:39: singer Masha Mnjoyan will give a concert in Australia on November 6th and donate part of the revenue to Artsakh.



15:40: Iran and Russia are discussing the conflict. Iran has some kind of plan to stop the war.


16:52: one of the Belgian Parliament MPs found themselves under Azeri fire while visiting a civilian settlement in Artsakh.


17:04: video of female volunteers learning how to shoot:


17:11: “L’implication française à petite échelle dans la guerre a son importance”


17:12: a female soldier from Artsakh who joined as a volunteer.


17:31 Russian MFA: we are deeply concerned about the ever-increasing number of Middle Eastern mercenaries in Karabakh. There is no alternative to the peaceful resolution of this conflict.


18:21: a group of IRS employees donated 100m Drams to 1000plus.am (medical aid) and himnadram.org (Artsakh aid).


18:29: the army has identified 47 more names of deceased soldiers.


18:41: Manfred Weber, the leader of the European Parliament's largest party, has called for tangible action against Turkey instead of just words. He called Turkey's actions a problem for all of Europe and urged leaders to use the EU's economic powers to sanction Turkey.


18:49: Iranian singer Golshifteh Farahani and Tigran Hamasyan held an online concert dedicated to Artsakh.

Video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CG5V5qbBAcd/


18:44: Artsakh Ombudsman shared a video showing how Azeri infiltrators burned buildings in village Aknaghbyur (between Hadrut and Fizuli).


18:54: MFA Mnatsakanyan gave an interview to Russian RIA Novosti, spoke about the evidence of Turkey recruiting jihadists for Azerbaijan, about Azerbaijan's refusal to install border monitoring mechanisms.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033210.html , https://factor.am/302226.html

19:00: Azerbaijan has managed to "bribe" the former soccer star Ronaldinho. The latter sent a message of solidarity to Azerbaijan.


19:18: war veteran Jirayr Sefilian has urged the diaspora to demand implementation of a no-fly zone above the conflict zone, amind Azerbaijan's use of aviation against civilians.


19:39 Artsakh president Arayik's speech from Shushi: dear compatriots, my dear friends living in Artsakh, Armenia and Diaspora. Just as in 1992 when our chain of victories began from the liberation of Shushi, today our victory relies on defending Shushi.

The enemy is just 5km away and their goal is to invade it. I want us to realize this moment, and to participate not just with words but with action.

I visited Shush for the first time in May 8, 1992, and kissed the cross in St. Ghazanchetsots church. Today I kissed it again and prayed for our victory. I believe we will win. I believe the following days will be a turning point.

For this, we need to unite, head over to Artsakh now, fight, and punish the enemy. We must punish them at the gates of Shushi. Let's fight together for our homeland, our future, and new generations.

The victory will be ours, rest be assured. I believe in our victory.

[FYI, the Avetaranots village where the battles against forest infiltrators have been waging for over 4 days now, is only 6km away from Shushi.]



19:47: four former presidents of Uruguay, including José Mujica, expressed solidarity with Armenians, called for an end to hostilities in Artsakh, and reminded the current president that back in 2019 he met the president of Artsakh.



19:53: recently, Ilham Aliyev met an Iranian delegation during which he incorrectly claimed that a certain Mosque in Artsakh was in ruins because of Armenians.

Photo of a Mosque: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1033221.html

21:00: Armenian demonstrations were held in front of UN offices in Geneva, Vienna, and New York.



21:09: Catholicos Aram A has called for Armenians to unite and defend Artsakh.


21:40: Armenians held a demonstration in Tel-Aviv to protest the sale of suicide drones to Azerbaijan, which are being used against civilians.



21:57: pianist Elen Sahakyan plays Komitas music. Titled InstaGRAD (grad is a missie system).


22:00 army spokesman Artsarun's briefing: the battles continued throughout the day but weren't very heavy.

In the south, between the Lachin-Araks front, there were battles. We were able to improve our positions. [the rumors about retaking the Qubatli-neighboring positions might be true?].

As I've said earlier, near the small villages between Martuni and Hadrut, mostly in the forests, the operations continue to find and neutralize infiltrators. Today these battles took place between Avetaranots [6km from Shushi] and Sgnagh [5km from Shushi] villages and forests.

The groups infiltrate from various areas. The fight against them requires a special type of tactic, which is different from the usual 5th generation warfare [similar to guerilla?].

Our heroic soldiers continue their fight. [introduces student Mikael Mikaelyan who volunteered to fight; the latter gives a speech].

Q: Ilham Aliyev promised that Karabakh will be a beautiful and one of the most developed parts of Azerbaijan if Armenian troops pull out.

A: Aliyev should first worry about Azeri citizens living in poverty outside of downtown Baku.

Q: Artsakh president Arayik said Azeri soldiers are 5km away from Shushi. Can you give details?

A: I've already mentioned [about infiltrators]. The battles are near Avetaranots and Sgnagh villages, about 7km from Shushi.

I'd like to comment on today's speech by president Arayik made from Shushi. It was essentially a calls to take up arms. It's normal. Political figures can make such speeches every day.

The intensity of battles isn't as heavy anymore. Enemy's main attack potential is broken, but smaller infiltrator groups will try to make such attempts, especially in these forest areas.

These infiltrator attempts can happen in several locations, but since this particular one is towards Shushi, there is more emphasis on it.

Follow us on social media. Be confident. The battles are long and heavy, but we will win.

MFA briefing: The difference between a state and a terrorist state is whether they follow international law during the battles. Azerbaijan has been burning and destroying settlements invaded by them to prevent the return of the native population, in addition to war crimes against civilians and kids living far away from the front lines.

Q: there are rumors that Israel has offered humanitarian aid to Armenia. What's your stance on this?

MFA: our primary stance is for Israel to suspend the delivery of weapons to Azerbaijan which uses them against civilians.


23:01: French Carrefour large supermarket chain will join the boycott of Turkish products in Saudi Arabia.


23:10: Artsakh president Arayik has awarded the Artsakh Hero medal to Suren Barseghyan for "extraordinary service and courage". Suren organized a group of աշխարհազոր volunteers and carried out numerous successful operations, causing heavy damage to the enemy.



23:17: Artsakh govt denied bombing Azerbaijan's Barda city with a cassette weapon. "We use other types of weapons exclusively against military objects, the list of which we published earlier."


23:21: Armenian demonstrators marched on the streets of France again, despite the earlier threats by Turkish ultra-nationalists.


23:44 Artsakh official: after today's video message by president Arayik Harutyunan from Shushi, many volunteers began preparations to travel to Artsakh, with big and small groups. The call had a great resonance.


COVID stats

+5,027 tested. +2,383 infected. 30,151 active. +29 deaths. +749 healed. 392,660 tested.


TEAM purchases Beeline

UCOM ISP director/co-founder earlier quit the company and founded a brand new TEAM ISP.

TEAM has just purchased the financially-troubled BEELINE ISP.


out on bail

The former head of IRS Gagik Khachatryan was allowed to post bail and walk free. He is suspected of financial crimes.



Gegharquniq's Khachaghbyur settlement will soon have a new irrigation network that will water 3,000 hectares of land. It's expected to significantly raise the number of cattle besides agricultural gains.


How to donate to Artsakh

www.1000plus.am (international, medical help for former soldiers)

www.HimnaDram.org (international, for Artsakh)

www.ArmeniaFund.org (U.S. tax-deductible, for Artsakh)


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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/jki1qo/oct292020_news_wrapup_war_in_artsakh_karabakh/

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