ArmInfo. Third president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, in a short video titled "Let's speak honestly: Serzh Sargsyan on the April war" part five, spoke about the diplomatic achievements of the April war.
"I am glad that we managed to make sure that this war did not bring any benefit to Azerbaijan," Sargsyan said. He recalled that earlier President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a statement that he was being forced to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh behind closed doors. "This statement directly testifies to our diplomatic successes," the former head of state said, adding that statements made later in Vienna and St. Petersburg also point to this fact. Sagrsyan also pointed out that after the hostilities, the OSCE Minsk Group issued a statement that the 1994 trilateral ceasefire agreement remains in force, and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries at a high level voiced the need to create international mechanisms to investigate incidents. "This is an extremely important achievement," he added.
Meanwhile, Sargsyan said that after the events of the spring of 2018, the revolutionary authorities ignored and failed to use the diplomatic achievements of the April War, which raises questions.
To note, on the night of April 2, 2016, the armed forces of Azerbaijan committed a 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 the norms of international humanitarian law.
The April hostilities have become the largest since the May 1994 ceasefire agreement. During the hostilities from 2 to 5 April, all
Armenian military units, including artillerymen, tankmen and anti-tank units, showed themselves excellently. During the intense fighting, the units of the Artsakh Defense Army destroyed 2 Azerbaijani helicopters that attacked the positions of the Armenian side, 26 tanks, as well as 14 drones, 1 BM-21 (Grad) rocket and artillery installation, 4 BMPs and 1 engineer installation.
During the hostilities on the Line of Contact, the Armenian side lost 64 servicemen, 13 volunteers, 4 civilians, more than 120 people were wounded, 9 more servicemen died after the cessation of active hostilities, in the period until 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 of the Bellingcat international research group estimate Baku's losses at 400-500 killed soldiers.