Exactly three years ago, on September 27, 2020, at 7:10am, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military aggression against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). At the same time, the adversary launched an attack in virtually all directions of the line of contact using air force, artillery, and drones, including shelling peaceful settlements.
Combat operations took place along the entire length of the Artsakh-Azerbaijan line of contact, as well as in some parts of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, and lasted 44 days.
On the first day of this war unleashed by the Turkish-Azerbaijani forces, martial law and a general mobilization were declared in Armenia and Artsakh.
During the 44 days of the war, Azerbaijan used weapons prohibited by international law: cluster rockets, phosphorous ammunition, Turkish-made Bayraktar combat drones, targeting the civilian population and infrastructure of Artsakh and Armenia.
Also, with the help of Turkey before and during the war, thousands of Syrian mercenary terrorists were transferred to Azerbaijan and sent to the Artsakh front. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the total number of Syrian fighters involved in the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh reached at least 2,350, of which only 320 have returned to Syria, refusing to be paid and participating in the fighting. International media also reported on the participation of mercenary terrorists. The Armenian side captured two of them, but after the end of the war, they were handed over in exchange for Armenian captives.
On November 9, 2020, the leaders of Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan signed a tripartite statement, according to which most of Artsakh was handed over to Azerbaijan, and the security of the rest of Artsakh was handed over to Russian peacekeepers.
During the entire war, Turkey openly provided military assistance to Azerbaijan.
As a result of this disastrous war, the Armenian side had, according to official data, at least 4,000 casualties, and there are hundreds of missing persons and captives.