ArmInfo.It is very important to note that the position that the servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces tried to capture in an UAZ vehicle is located in the Republic of Armenia, directly on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border. Armenian Minister of Defense David Tonoyan stated this on July 13 during an extraordinary meeting of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, referring to the clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border provoked by the enemy on the eve.
He added that the situation that had developed the day before on the front line was unexpected for the Armenian military, and after the enemy left the car and began to approach Armenian positions (maybe they got lost or did not orient themselves on the ground), having reported to the superior and received instructions, called on Azerbaijani troops to leave the territory, which was done by them. "Azerbaijani troops returned to their positions, after which the shelling of the same Armenian position of 82 mm mortars and the movement of the corresponding enemy units in this direction began, which was suppressed by return fire and the corresponding actions of the RA Armed Forces. The enemy, bearing losses, retreated. According to this the enemy, according to the same scenario, using artillery of various calibers periodically, every 15-25 minutes, resumes shelling of the Armenian positions. The enemy ceased firing from 03:30 to 05:30 in the morning, and then continued to fire again, said Tonoyan. At the same time, he added that all actions of the enemy are suppressed by retaliatory sniper fire from the Armenian side, and the enemy has serious losses. At the same time, the head of the Armenian defense department added that the Armenian military continues to control the sections of the border entrusted to them, the operational situation is under control and is completely controlled. To which, the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said: "It turns out that maybe the Azerbaijani soldiers got lost, and then it is not clear why, after warning our military, they left the car and retreated. It is possible that these actions were related to the fact that they wanted to return the car, therefore, they resorted to such steps, "Pashinyan asked Tonoyan. To which, the Armenian minister stated that if this were so, the Azerbaijani side would somehow get in touch and an agreement would be reached not to open fire, and the car would be returned. "The shelling started immediately," Tonoyan emphasized. Based on this, Pashinyan also informed the Cabinet of Ministers that since yesterday night, the Armenian side informed the international partners about what is happening and constant contact is maintained. It should be noted that the day before, at around 12:30, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, for reasons unknown to the Armenian side, attempted to violate the state border of the Republic of Armenia in the Tavush direction by UAZ car. After warning the Armenian side, leaving the UAZ car, the enemy troops returned to their positions. At 13:45, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, using artillery fire, tried to capture the Armenian stronghold, but were thrown back by the fire, incurring loss of manpower. There are no losses from the Armenian side. Closer to the evening, the enemy resumed shelling of Armenian positions, in the direction of a strong point that had not previously been captured. All night the Azerbaijani Armed Forces subjected to intensive firing of 82 mm mortars and tanks from the aforementioned strong point. As it became known, in the morning, after two or three hours of calm, the enemy resumed provocative actions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border in the Tavush direction, and continued shelling of Armenian positions. The Armenian side warned the enemy that all responsibility for further aggravation of the situation would fall on the military-political leadership of Azerbaijan. According to the official statement of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, during the incident yesterday, three servicemen of the Azerbaijani army were killed and four were injured. -0- It is also worth noting that in connection with this situation, a statement was made by the Turkish Foreign Ministry expressing unconditional support to Azerbaijan.