The flare-up of fighting in the breakaway South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh entered its sixth day on Saturday, with the clashes causing the deaths of nearly three dozen civilians, and as many as several thousand servicemen from both sides.
Dozens of ‘high-ranking’ Turkish military leaders are coordinating Azerbaijani operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has alleged.
“It has been a week since the Armenian people in Artsakh [the Armenian name for the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh republic] began resisting an Azerbaijani-Turkish terrorist offensive, the size and scale of which are unprecedented,” the prime minister added, suggesting that no other recent 21st century conflict has seen the deployment of so many troops and so much military equipment.
“Hundreds of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, thousands of shells and missiles, dozens of aircraft, hundreds of drones and tens of thousands of infantrymen are being used. They are attacking the Artsakh Defence Army along the entire length of the contact line, throwing 150-250 servicemen at a single position of the Defence Army. All these attacks are accompanied by aviation and artillery,” Pashinyan said.
The Armenian leader suggested that despite the scale of its campaign, azerbaijan has failed so far to gain victory. “Our military and volunteers show examples of heroism and steadfastness. Hundreds of pieces of enemy equipment, dozens of aircraft and helicopters, hundreds of drones…