ArmInfo.Third president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, during whom days in power the "four-day" April war took place, is trying to dispel myths about the insufficient equipment of the Armenian army in those days.
So, Sargsyan in Channel 5 Director Harutyun Harutyunyan's "Victory April" documentary recalled that on April 6, during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he was asked a question about weapons.
"I then said that our soldiers fought weapons of the 1980s. It became a subject for speculation, but these people were not at all interested in why I said that. The goal was quite clear. I turned to the international community and said: although you and they turned a blind eye to the fact that Azerbaijan is arming itself to the teeth, spending billions on it, however, the endurance and professional abilities of our soldiers prevail over the enemy, and ours have fulfilled their tasks, "the third president of Armenia said.
At the same time, he stated that people who speculate on this issue simply do not know that the wording "weapons of the 1980s" does not mean old weapons at all. According to Sargsyan, any military expert will confirm his words.
"And of course, in this case we would have completely failed the negotiation process. However, as we saw, our Armed Forces completed the main task," he said, while expressing regret that many media and organizations receiving various grants, they began to present these military operations as a defeat, meanwhile, as it was far from reality.
"I was very hurt because it really wasn't. As for the message about the loss of 800 hectares of territories, I would like to note that I was the first to say this on the way from Vienna.
I got to tell you, that I do not regret it. Yes, I've told you more than I should.. Why did I do this? If you remember, during the days of the war, many of the so-called ours used information from Azerbaijani sources and said that Azerbaijan had captured Talysh. Like they are already in Mataghs and so on, and after the fighting, different numbers sounded - 5,000 ha, 50 sq / km. Some even laid out some videos, did some calculations, and after that they even went, tried to make some measurements, and then they saw that the figure I said was much more than reality. If we talk about every centimeter, then the losses of the Armenian side did not amount to 400 hectares, " Sargsyan concluded.
It should be noted that in 2016, after the April war, then President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan in an interview with Armenian television channels said that after the four-day war, the Armenian side lost 800 hectares of land. "If measured by meters, the security zone of the Armenian forces is 800 thousand hectares, but we lost 800 hectares that have no tactical and strategic significance, this is 1/1000," he stressed. At the same time, Sargsyan noted that the Armenian armed forces were able to restore their previous positions, but preference was given to saving lives.
At the same time, then NKR Minister of Defense Levon Mnatsakanyan declared that in the short time that was before the armistice was reached, the Defense Army noticeably restored its lost positions. "If the hostilities continued, we would have greater opportunities. Nevertheless, I do not consider these minor losses to be irretrievable and I am sure that we will still have the opportunity to restore our lost positions," he said then.
Then the President of Armenia was sharply criticized for the insufficient equipment of the Armed Forces. It was after the April war that the Armenian authorities began in a hurry to take arms loans from Russia. For a fairly short period of time, three arms contracts were signed, with a total amount of about $ 400 million, and the rearmament of the army began.
It should be noted that current Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, has also repeatedly criticized Sargsyan. A month earlier, he said that during the ruling time of Sargsyan, arms worth $ 42 million were purchased, which is not suitable for anything - it's just scrap metal. And the created parliamentary commission on the April events should give answers to all questions of interest to society, including who and to what extent are guilty for not fulfilling their powers in a timely manner, and the culprits should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
To recall, on the night of April 2, 2016, the armed forces of Azerbaijan carried out large-scale military aggression against Artsakh. The war was accompanied by war crimes, gross violations of the laws and customs of war, as well as international humanitarian law.
April military operations became the largest after the ceasefire agreement of May 1994. During the fighting from April 2 to 5, all Armenian military units, including artillerymen, tankers and anti-tank units, showed excellent performance.
During intense fighting, the Artsakh Defense Forces destroyed 2 Azerbaijani helicopters attacking the positions of the Armenian side, 26 tanks, as well as 14 drones, 1 BM-21 (Grad) missile and artillery installation, 4 BMP and 1 engineering installation.
During the fighting on the Contact Line, the Armenian side lost 64 troops, 13 volunteers, 4 civilians, more than 120 people were injured, another 9 soldiers died after the cessation of active hostilities, from April 13, several died later in hospitals. Based on the data of the State Department, presented on May 16 in Vienna in the same year, it becomes clear that in addition to 81 losses from the Armenian side, about 270 Azerbaijanis died. At the same time, analysts at the Bellingcat international research group estimate the losses of Baku at 400-500 killed soldiers.
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