ArmInfo. The Armenian Ministry of Defense called on citizens not to distribute unverified information related to the army, especially if it concerns such sensitive topics as the death or injury of military personnel. So, on December 6 at a press conference in Yerevan, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Gabriel Balayan responded to a request to comment on the statements of the successor of deceased serviceman Arthur Ajamyan Hayarpi Sargsyan that this is not the first case of glaring incidents where the deceased served.
According to Balayan, many of the statements made by Sargsyan are simply unfounded and have been repeatedly refuted, including in terms of rape. "And we should not forget about the battle route of the division in question. I would like to note that the division has changed according to the planned rotation, but I would like to say that this division, where the brave Kyaram Sloyan, officer Armen Urfakyan, served. Therefore, I strongly urge that before replicating any information received from your sources, check it with the Ministry of Defense. We are always open for interaction, "Balayan said, adding also that the widespread information that the wounded soldier is still in a military hospital in Stepanakert, meanwhile, he was moved to Yerevan two days ago and even underwent surgery.
To clarify what his condition was, Balayan noted that, despite the positive dynamics, doctors assess his condition as extremely serious. He also emphasized that a criminal case had been opened on the fact and proper investigative measures were being taken.
In this context, he also touched on the condition of the Armenian officer, was wounded by the enemy and noted that he was also underwent surgery and is recovering, and soon it will even be possible to talk with him.
To recall, on December 2, even under unclear circumstances in Nagorno-Karabakh, one soldier died and the second was injured. So, according to the press service of the Artsakh Defense Army, on December 2, at about 06:50 local time, Arthur Ajamyan's body (born in 1998) was found at one of the combat positions of the NKR Armed Forces with fatal gunshot wounds, and a solider David Melikbekyan (born in 1999) was found wounded. A criminal case was opened on the fact of RA IC, an investigation is underway. We also note that on December 4 the relatives of the deceased soldier held a protest in front of the Armenian parliament demanding that the perpetrator of the death of their son be held accountable.