BREAKING NEWS: HEAVY FIGHTING – AZERBAIJAN PARLIAMENT DECLARES WAR ON ARMENIA
Artsakh, officially the Republic of Artsakh or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, is a breakaway state in the South Caucasus that is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan.
There are now reports that Martial Law has been declared there.
the head of the Armenian Defense Ministry David Tonoyan has reportedly This reports were published against the background of the full-scale renewal of the Karabakh war with Azerbaijan by the Armenian troops.
It is not yet known whether Tonoyan fled from Armenia before the outbreak of hostilities or during the first shelling of Azerbaijani villages, as a result of which Azerbaijani citizens were killed and wounded.
To give readers perspective on what’s at stake, here is a map of the region. The area in Red is disputed territory between the two countries.
The media reports coming out of this area are rife with inaccuracies and blame from both sides. It is said that “truth is the first casualty of war” and in this case, it sure seems that way. For all the information coming out right now, it is VERY hard for me to determine who did what to whom, first, and why. Reporting this conflict is NOT going to be easy from a factual standpoint. I must cvonfess that since Azerbaijan has the full support of Turkey, it appears TO ME that they are already in the wrong. I don’t trust Turkey as far as I can throw it and anyone connected with the Turks are therefore viewed badly by me.
UPDATE 11:12 AM EDT —
The Prime Minister of Armenia calls on citizens to prepare to ‘defend the sacred homeland.’
The general con census coming out of the region is that, supported by Turkey,in-order to occupy Artsakh/NagornoKarabakh. For now, Azerbaijan has lost a Mi-8 transport helicopter, a Mi-24 heavy attack helicopter, 3 UAVs & over 20 Syrian mercenaries! However, with a violation of the ceasefire and again showed that it was after a provocation. The biggest obstacle to peace and stability in the Caucasus is the aggressive attitude of Armenia and it must immediately cease this aggression that will set the region on fire.
This is dangerous. We are heading towards Russia vs Turkey in very short span of time. (Both will have to protect their sides).
UPDATE 11:30 AM EDT —
Another helicopter from Azerbaijan has been shot down:
Massive reinforcements have been sent by Armenia, including rocket launchers to the front line with Azerbaijan as a open war begins.
In a dramatic and extremely dangerous escalation,
The drone has not fired, but even if it is only Intel, the fact that Turkey is doing this against an ally of Russia brings this new conflict into sharp perspective. This “war” is growing, fast.
Armenia is 97% christian while Azerbaijan is 95%+ Muslim.
UPDATE 11:58 AM EDT —
Azerbaijan is cutting-off the Internet, to block information getting out to the world:
All .gov.az also websites are down including mod.gov.az and edu.gov.az
The Defense Army of Artsakh reports that the enemy has great losses of manpower and armor. The units of the Defense Army destroyed 4 enemy helicopters, about 15 UAVs, including strike, 10 tanks, and a combat vehicle
UPDATE 12:06 PM EDT —
Russia has sent a heavy military transport to Armenia . . . this is of Armenia by Russia. This conflict is escalating so fast, heads are spinning.
Russia Issues Notice to world:
This is a GIGANTIC escalation. Russia is stepping directly, openly, and forcefully, into the armed conflict. Russia knows Turkey backs Azerbaijan, and Russia is now openly sending its best troops to wage war against Azerbaijan in defense of Armenia. Direct, open conflict is now unavoidable between Turkey and Russia.
UPDATE 1:31 PM EDT —
• 16 Armenians have been killed, 100+ injured
• State of emergency, general mobilization of the population declared
• 7 villages captured from Armenia
• A state of war and curfews have been declared.
UPDATE 2:06 PM EDT —
More . . .
UPDATE 3:00 PM EDT —
UN chief calls for immediate end to fighting over Nagorny Karabakh
UPDATE 4:00 PM EDT —
This is 14-15 hours straight of combat , they probably are going to fight through the night , holding positions while reinforcements pull up and then we will see much more intense fighting at sun rise there in about 7-8 hours.
UPDATE 5:00 PM EDT —
UPDATE 6:24 PM EDT — Trainloads of troops are departing Russian military districts towards Armenia. According to in-country sources, at least three trainloads of Russian armed forces are departing from of Russia’s Central, Western, and Southern Military Districts.
This means tens-of-thousands of Russian troops are already on their way toward the conflict between Armenia (which Russia supports) and Azerbaijan (which Turkey supports).
Russian military aircraft are in the air in growing numbers. Specifically, transport planes moving large amounts of cargo are already landing in Armenia with supplies; but not just for Armenian troops. The supplies are allegedly being pre-positioned for RUssians that are already on the way.
Russian fighter jets and bombers are also in the air from farther regions in Russia, signaling the Russians intend to move significant war-fighting assets into Armenia very quickly.
This movement of troops by Russia is unprecedented in the speed at which the order was given, and the number of troops being moved. It __appears__ to intel sources the Russians intend to put an end to this before it mushrooms out of control . . . but point out that such a heavy-handed response could cause it to mushroom out of control anyway. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
UPDATE 6:43 PM EDT —
Artsron Hovhannisyan, the spokesman for the Armenian Ministry of Defense, announced in a press briefing that Armenia will, if necessary, use all kinds of weapons in response to the aggression, including Su-30SM fighters.
In response to journalists’ question about the possibility of using fighters, Hovhannisyan indicated that the military and political leadership of Armenia is in complete control of the situation in the conflict zone in Nagorno-Karabakh, and “if necessary, all kinds of weapons will be used.”