10/30/2020

Armenian Armed Forces S-300 air defense system destroyed

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The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of the S-300 air defense system of the Armenian Armed Forces in the conflict zone in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Over the period from September 27 to the morning on September 30, about 2,300 manpower of the Armenian Armed Forces were neutralized and wounded, about 130 tanks and other armored vehicles, more than 200 artillery and rocket launchers of multiple launch rocket launchers, mortars, about 25 air defense systems, 6 command and control, and command and observation posts, 5 ammunition depots, about 50 anti-tank weapons, 55 units of motor vehicles were destroyed, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend.

On Sept. 29, during the fighting in the Shushakend village of the Khojali region, one S-300 anti-aircraft missile system of the Armenian Armed Forces was disabled.

“The Armenian armed forces, who mobilized additional forces in the direction of Madagiz in order to regain the lost positions, made an attempt to attack from the early morning of September 30. These actions were suppressed and Azerbaijani troops conduct a counterattack to break his resistance. Currently, hostilities are being conducted along the entire front,” the ministry said in a statement.

Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops managed to liberate the territories previously occupied by Armenia: Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari, Ashagi Abdulrahmanli villages (Fuzuli district), Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages (Jabrayil district).

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Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.

Military actions continued on Sept. 29. Azerbaijani army was able to destroy several tanks of the Armenian Armed Forces, as well as several key military facilities.

Azerbaijan’s Dashkesan district underwent fire on the same day from the opposing forces, while Azerbaijani Armed Forces continued military actions on Sept. 29 to liberate the city of Fuzuli from occupation.

Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan’s retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian armed forces.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.