Armenian News - NEWS.am presents a daily digest of Armenia-related top news amid the Nagorno Karabakh clashes as of 30.10.2020
SITUATION IN GENERAL
Throughout the night, Artsakh continued to conduct reconnaissance and fire operations in the areas of the Azerbaijani army groups—and owing to which a large amount of adversary ammunition and manpower were neutralized.
Friday morning after midnight, Azerbaijani forces tried to launch a new attack in the southeastern direction, but it was stopped by the Artsakh army units. The adversary forces attempted to succeed also in the northern part of the front line, but this was stopped as well. Here the adversary forces suffered heavy losses.
Azerbaijan continued to target peaceful settlements, too.
Friday noon there were intense battles on the southern front of Artsakh as well.
Many of Azerbaijani military units trying to advance towards Shushi were defeated. However, it would be wrong to say that the enemy will not make another attempt to break through, the Armenian MOD noted.
Another footage has been published showing Armenian forces neutralizing an Azerbaijani subversive group at night.
An Armenian civilian Misha Melkumyan, 84, captured by the Azerbaijani armed forces, died this night, Armenian Ombudsman Arman Tatoyan wrote on his Facebook Friday morning.
“Taking into account all the evidence and facts on inhuman treatment and cruelty of Armenians captured by Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the reasonable assumption on the reason of our compatriot’s death becomes clear,” Tatoyan added.
Earlier, the Ombudsman refuted claims that the Armenian side refused to receive the 84-year-old civilian.
Karabakh Defense Army have captured another terrorist, even the momentary questioning of which dispels all doubts about the existence of terrorists on the Azerbaijani frontline.
The captured Islamist-extremist terrorist is Mhreb Mohammad Alshkheri, who is originally from the Syrian city of Hamma.
Alshkheri is married with three children. He admits that he and 250 other terrorists were sent from Turkey to the Azerbaijan-Artsakh frontline on October 19. They were promised $2,000, but weren’t paid. After he was injured, his friends-in-combat left him. Alshkheri says he and the terrorists move forward, followed by Azerbaijani soldiers in the second and third lines. Before being brought to the military front, they participated in training camps where they were trained by Turkish military instructors.
The deployment of Russian peacekeepers could become an "optimal solution" to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
"I am in favor of deployment of Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone," Pashinyan said. "But the problem is that deployment of Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone needs to be acceptable to all sides of the conflict."
The Armenian PM also said that Europe should do more to stop President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey—a NATO member—from backing Azerbaijan in this conflict.
Meeting of Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs commenced Friday in Geneva, Switzerland.
US MISSION TO OSCE
The United States is deeply disappointed that the sides have failed to adhere to the ceasefire, Courtney Austrian, Deputy Chief of US Mission to the OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna, stated this at the Permanent Council on Thursday, presenting the US statement regarding the conflict in and around Artsakh.
“There is no military solution to this conflict. We urge the sides to abide by their commitments to cease the violence and pursue a diplomatic solution to the conflict under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
Members of the Turkish nationalist Gray Wolves organization and movement took to the streets in Dijon, France, with threats of violence against Armenians, the Central Council of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of France reported.
Turkish president Erdogan’s Gray Wolves took to the streets waving the Turkish flag, the war flags of the Ottoman Empire, and the emblems of the Gray Wolves.
"Fear should not exceed the rule of law. We expect a tough response from the [French] Interior Minister," the ANC France statement said.
BELGIUM MP IN ARTSAKH
One of the members of the Belgian Federal Parliament has found himself under shelling in Nagorno Karabakh, TASS reported, citing its sources.
"The MP was indeed in Karabakh; he was not injured," said the agency's interlocutor, adding, however, that the lawmaker's name is not mentioned for security reasons.
GERMANY TO ALLOCATE
Germany will allocate 2 million euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid to Nagorno-Karabakh, said German FM Heiko Maas.
"The Red Cross, which is currently the only humanitarian organization that has access to the conflict-hit region, has asked the international community to allocate 9 million euro in urgent aid. Germany will allocate 2 million euros," Maas said.
The minister noted that winter is approaching and Nagorno-Karabakh will face growing issues with the supply of food.