Nagorno-Karabakh. Deployment of the peacekeepers.
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reported about an Armenian artillery shelling of the settlements in the Terter, Agdam and Agjabedi regions of Azerbaijan, which are located near the combat zone in Nagorno-Karabakh. «On 30th of October, at 07:35, the settlements in the Goranboy, Terter, and Agjabedi regions of Azerbaijan were hit with an artillery fire. The troops are currently taking adequate counter-measures» — the press service of the Azerbaijani military department reported.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported about the Armenian attacks in several directions of the frontline. «During 29th and 30th of October, the Armenian troops used various types of weaponry to shell the positions of Azerbaijani troops, and the settlements in various sectors of the frontline. The combat operations continued mainly in the Agder, Hojavend, and Gubadli sectors of the frontline. The enemy attacks were decisively stopped» — The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated and added that «as a result of the retaliatory actions, taken against the Armenian troops in various sectors of the frontline, the enemy suffered losses in killed and wounded». It was reported that «a large number of manpower, 2 Su-25 attack aircraft, 3 T-72 tanks, 1 IFV, 2 MLRS ‘Smerch’, 1 MLRS ‘BM-21 Grad’, 10 different types of artillery guns, 2 self-propelled howitzers «Gvozdika», 1 SAM system «Osa», 1 radar station P-18, and 4 enemy vehicles were destroyed.» «Currently our troops are in control of the operational situation» — the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry concluded.
The Armenian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan reported on Facebook that on Friday night the Azerbaijani troops tried to attack at the south-eastern and northern directions of the frontline. The attacks were reportedly stopped by the defense forces of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. «During the night, the defense army of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic performed operations in areas, where the enemy groups were spotted. They destroyed a large number of the enemy ammo and manpower. After midnight, the enemy forces tried to attack at the south-eastern direction of the frontline, which was stopped by the army. The enemy tried to succeed at the north, but the attack was stopped as well» — the message concluded.
The official representative of the Armenian Defense Ministry, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, reported about the increase of the intensity of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, to the north from the Araks River. “Compared to the previous days, today the intensity of the fighting has increased only slightly at the south of the frontline, to the north from the Araks River. The fighting isn’t taking place at the entire frontline anymore, and it is incomparable with the clashes of the first 15-20 days of the war. The fighting is now taking place around several important heights» — the Telegram channel of the official informational center of Karabakh quoted his words.
The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during an interview to ‘The Daily Telegraph’ that the deployment of the Russian peacekeepers could be ‘the optimal solution’ to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. «The problem is that the deployment of the peacekeeping forces from Russia in the conflict zone must be approved by all parties of the conflict» — Nikol Pashinyan pointed out, and added that Europe should make more efforts to stop the Turkish support for Azerbaijan.