ArmInfo. On September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan, in tandem with Turkey, launched a large-scale aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh.
The 44-day war, with atrocities committed against humans, ended in a trilateral agreement signed by the Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders on November 10, 2020. Under the agreement, Azerbaijan established control over the six regions round Nagorno-Karabakh as well as Hadrut and Shushi. During the hostilities damaged were schools, kindergartens, hospitals, with banns weapons used.
According to the latest official data by Armenia's authorities, the Armenian side lost 3,825 servicemen, with 187 servicemen and 21 civilians missing. Armenia's authorities have not so far published the lists of the killed people. Dozens of Armenian nationals have since remained in captivity in Azerbaijan and been sentenced to long terms amid the silence on the part of Armenia's authorities and international community. Moreover, Azerbaijan has occupied over 150sq kilometers of Armenia's sovereign territory. On September 13-15, Azerbaijan committed one more act of aggression against Armenia, which claimed the lives of over 200 Armenian servicemen and civilians.
Today, people in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh will pay tribute to the memory of Homeland defenders.
President of Armenia Vahagn Khachaturyan addressed a message on the 2nd anniversary of the 44-Day Artsakh War, the Presidential Office said.
The message reads:
On September 27th, 2020, the 44-Day War was unleashed by the military operations of Azerbaijan, nullifying the efforts made by partner countries and international organizations for years aimed at the peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict without use of force.
Two years ago on this day our nation faced another trial, our Armed Forces, volunteers, doctors and citizens were again had to defend in the battlefield the inalienable rights of our compatriots of Artsakh to live and create in their own homeland.
The 44-Day War was an existential challenge for Armenia and Artsakh full of irreversible losses.
I extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the relatives of our devotees fallen at the battle. I bow before their memory.
Today, in this difficult period full of trials, it's the duty of all of us to worthily appreciate the sacrifice of our fallen heroes and understand that they fell for the sake of life, for the unquestionable right of our people to live and for peace that we are still fighting for.
Strength and courage to all of us for the sake of our independence and freedom".