Politics 13:33 02/04/2016 NKR

Nagorno Karabakh Defense Ministry reports three Azerbaijani tanks, two drones and two helicopters destroyed

In various directions along the Line of Contact, which is “turned into a battlefield now”, the Defense Army units of Nagorno Karabakh Republic have destroyed three tanks, two drones and one more military helicopter on top of the other one, confirmed in earlier in the morning – according to verified intelligence data published by the NKR Ministry of Defense.

“The local Armenian forces [in Nagorno Karabakh] inflicted considerable losses on the adversary and threw the offensive back, now in full control of the situation. The state bodies of the Republic of Armenia are ready to undertake all necessary steps in order to stabilize the situation using all their capacities”, - Hovik Abrahamyan, the Prime-Minister of Armenia said in a meeting with Cabinet members in the morning of April 2 following the reports of intensified violence and large-scale offensive by the Azerbaijani armed forces on the Line of Contact between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan.

According to the official press release from the meeting, Prime Minister Abrahamyan said this was another example of the policies of Azerbaijan aimed at undermining the Nagorno Karabakh peace process.

Deputy Defense Minister David Tonoyan reported in the emergency meeting in the Government that the ongoing situation on the Line of Contact has been “unprecedented” ever since the establishment of ceasefire regime since May 1994.

Earlier in the morning, Vladimir Hakobyan, the Press Secretary of the President of Armenia, spoke to Tert.am news portal and confirmed that the “President Serzh Sargsyan had been briefed incontinently about the escalation of the situation on the Line of Contact en route from the United States” and the Air Force One was expected to land in Yerevan “in the next hours”.

The Armenian Ministry of Defense in an official statement already acknowledged the recent reports on the escalation on the Line of Contact between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijani troops and called upon the co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to make “addressed intervention without delay in order to keep the situation under control and escape larger scale military actions”.

The Ministry vowed “unexpected consequences” in the absence of such measures.



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