One year ago today Azerbaijan unleashed a large-scale offensive against the Republic of Artsakh. In the early hours of September 27 the Azerbaijani units launched military actions along the entire length of the line of contact with Artsakh, employing the whole arsenal at their disposal.
Heavily supported by Turkey throughout the hostilities, Azerbaijan recruited mercenary terrorists from Syria to fight against the Armenian forces.
In response, Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh introduced martial law and total mobilization.
During the 44 days of fighting the parties agreed to cease the hostilities thrice with the mediation of the Minsk Group co-chairing countries – Russia, France and the US, but failed to abide by the ceasefire.
Heavy fighting continued until November 9, when the leaders of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan adopted a statement on ceasefire. Under the document, Russian peacekeeping forces were deployed all along the line of contact.
According to the latest update provided by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, 3 777 people were killed in the war, 3 702 of them military and 75 civilians.
One year after the start of the hostilities, some are still missing. According to Artsakh’s State Service of Emergency Situations, 1 670 bodies and remains have been retrieved, the search for the missing continues.
Azerbaijan is yet to fulfil its commitment to release all Armenian prisoners of war, hostages and other detainees.
The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and diocesan cathedrals served a requiem ceremony at 10 am today, honoring those who died in the 2020 Artsakh war. Catholicos Karekin II presided over the requiem mass at St. Gayane Monastery.
Also, at 11 am Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims.