The anti-air defense forces of Armenia shot down an Azerbaijani warplane and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Nagorno-Karabakh’s (Artsakh) north-east on Friday morning, the Defense Ministry’s press secretary said on Facebook.
“The military operations are going on along the Artsakh frontline. The adversary’s attempts to break through our troops’ defense at different sections have failed,” reads Shushan Stepanyan’s public post.
The Ministry also informs that the situation remained relatively stable and tense in the conflict zone in the late night hours and after midnight. Skirmishes involving the use of artillery and infantry continued in different directions.
No essential operational-tactical changes are reported.
Military operations have now started across the frontline. The Defense Army subdivisions continue curbing the attacks, inflicting manpower and military equipment losses upon the adversary.
Azerbaijan’s armed forces launched large-scale offensives along the Line of Contact on Sunday morning (October 27), targeting also the civilian population and infrastructures. The Artsakh defense forces have shot down 11 war helicopters, five warplanes (three Su-25 jet aircrafts), 96 UAVs, 184 units of armored vehicles (mainly tanks), one warplane, 82 transport vehicles, 18 armored personnel carriers, multiple rocket launchers (one unit of TOS-1A, two units of BM-30 Smerch and one unit of BM-27 Uragan).
Azerbaijan has lost over 1280 troops. Armenia reported 103 losses as of Thursday morning; over 200 servicemen are known to have been wounded in the attacks.
Azerbaijan expanded the aggression to Armenia’s territory earlier this week, striking civilian and military infrastructures. One civilian was killed in Vardenis in the wake of the attacks. Seven civilian casualties were reported in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani offensives have also left several journalists wounded (representing both the local and foreign media). Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh have declared martial law and a general mobilization.