— “Syrian fighters sent by Turkey to Azerbaijan are advancing to the front lines to fight with the Azerbaijani army on the Armenian border.”
Despite my initial skepticism about Turkey sending fighters to Azerbaijan, my friend in Azaz (the Euphrates shield region), who works with the media there, says that Syrian fighters from the Sultan Murad and Sultan Suleiman Shah formations were actually sent to Azerbaijan.
Yerevan is not going to apply to the CSTO for assistance in connection with the exacerbation in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Vardan Toganyan said.
“Armenia does not yet see the need for external military intervention in Karabakh, there have been no appeals to Moscow,” the diplomat said.
Let us remind that Armenia has the right to apply to the CSTO for support, including the peacekeeping military, by submitting an official request for it.
Also, the Armenian ambassador to Russia said that Turkey has transferred about 4 thousand militants from the north of Syria to Azerbaijan. Earlier, information surfaced on the Internet that the Turkish special services transferred militants of the Sultan Murad Division known for war crimes in Syria to Azerbaijan.
The hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Monday night.
This morning, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces resumed offensive operations with the use of heavy artillery along the entire line of contact in Karabakh. Intense fighting is underway. Baku strikes at settlements, strikes fall on the city of Martakert. There are already about 200 wounded servicemen from the Armenian side. Earlier, eyewitnesses wrote in social networks that ambulances were cruising along the highway between Yerevan and Stepanakert all night and morning.
The military leadership of Azerbaijan reported on significant successes and assures that more than 550 Armenian servicemen were killed during the fighting. Baku assured that the Armenian army allegedly lost 22 armored vehicles, including tanks, 15 OSA anti-aircraft missile systems, 18 drones, eight artillery installations, and three ammunition depots. The representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry Artsrun Hovhannisyan stated that these data on the losses of the Armenian army do not correspond to reality. However, he admitted that the Armenian side has about 200 wounded servicemen, some of whom were sent to Yerevan. According to the official version of Yerevan, the losses of Armenia amounted to 31 people, and Azerbaijan – 200 people.
Hovhannisyan also said at today’s briefing that the Armenian side has no prisoners of war. Earlier in a number of Azerbaijani publications there were reports about the alleged capture of Major General Mais Barkhudarov by the Armenian side in Karabakh.
This morning, the presidents of Azerbaijan and France, Ilham Aliyev and Emmanuel Macron, discussed the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh by telephone. The conversation took place at the initiative of the French side.
“Emmanuel Macron expressed his country’s concern about the armed confrontation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani line of contact and stressed the need to resolve the conflict through negotiations,” said the press service of the Azerbaijani leader.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on all external players to show restraint in connection with the situation in Karabakh.
Also, the PRC Foreign Ministry called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to de-escalate the situation and dialogue in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Saudi Arabia has imposed an embargo on all Turkish goods in support of Azerbaijan’s actions in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has just announced the start of partial mobilization in the country due to the aggravation of the Karabakh conflict. The order comes into force today. It is noteworthy that yesterday Azerbaijan assured that the army was ideally staffed and did not need any mobilization. Apparently, the blitzkrieg failed.
Is the offensive getting better?
This is the current vehicle situation:
– 11x Air Defence Systems destroyed
– 6x Tanks destroyed (+1 damaged)
– 1x APC/IFV destroyed (+1 damaged)
– 2x Trucks destroyed
– 6x Tanks destroyed (+ some damaged by mines or near hits)
– 10x APC/IFV destroyed (+ at least 1 damaged)
– 1x Engineering vehicle destroyed
– 6x Trucks destroyed
– 4x Helicopters downed
– 29x UAV’s downed