Armenian Serviceman Killed, another Wounded By Azerbaijani Fire

Artsakh serviceman has been killed by Azerbaijani fire
Artsakh serviceman is killed by Azerbaijani fire on Feb. 8, 2017 (Photo: Hetq)

Artsakh serviceman is killed by Azerbaijani fire on Feb. 8, 2017 (Photo: Hetq)

STEPANAKERT— Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic contract serviceman Gegham Manukyan (born 1979) was killed on Wednesday by Azerbaijani fire in the northern direction of the Artsakh/Azerbaijani border—known as the Line of Contact—at 11am.

According to the Artsakh Defense Ministry’s press statement, investigation into details of Manukyan’s death is underway.

The Defense Ministry offered condolences to Manukyan’s family, friends, and fellow servicemen.

The same day, serviceman Koryun Kirakosyan (born 1998) was heavily wounded as a result of Azerbaijani ceasefire violation in the Martakert region around noon. Probe into the case has been launched by the Defense Army.

The incidents come only two days after Artsakh serviceman Gor Gareginyan, born 1997, was killed by Azerbaijani fire in the northeastern direction of the border, and about two weeks after serviceman Karen Ulubabyan, born in 1995, was killed in the frontlines.

Artsakh president Bako Sahakian posthumously awarded both Gareginyan and Ulubabyan a “For Service in Battle” medal for their bravery in defending the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.


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  1. JOE said:

    The only thing these animals understand is their nown demise. Again, the OSCE is uselss and isnt going to hold Azerbaijan accountable., the International community is useless for the same reasons. The idea that Azerbaijan is going to shell every day and murder a few soldiers and get away with it is unecceptable. The Armenian side needs to retaliate and cause damage especially since no fire monitoring mechanisms are installed. Hate to say it, Armenia while pursuing peace needs to PREPARE FOR WAR and at the least create a mechaism of consequenses for the constant cease fire breech

  2. Raffi said:

    May the love and mercy of our Lord be bestowed upon you and your family during this unfortunate time. Our most sincere condolences. Death to the enemy, Long Live Armenia.

  3. Masis said:

    These stories have become essentially commonplace and quite frankly T-bone my optimism and overall mindset. Aliyev considers our border a sport hunting ground and attacks at will, killing several per month. To him, there are no consequences–NONE. I am outraged at our government. All Serge does is add more money to his millions–he was the highest paid politician in the world, logically because Armenia’s economy is the best in the world?–NOT! He has jailed those who really want to put up a fight against these barbaric Turks. He gives meaningless medals to the family of the fallen. I have not seen such an ineffective leader in all my life. Serge has done absolutely nothing since April, other than lying about the size and significance of the land we’ve lost. His short stature and demure stance in front of Putin, Erdogan, and Aliyev really dictate his philosophy. Right now I am more outraged at him than at Aliyev, who we know is a barbaric Turk whose territorial integrity argument should grant him a few trees in Mongolia, which is where his ancestors lived when we had a vibrant, thriving culture in Artsakh. Serge, who reportedly has over $270 million, doesn’t even contribute $10 to the Armenian Fund. Amot e amot. He, his practices, his relatives, and his klan ought to get out of the Armenian Government, buy an island or two, and just live there. Any person or political organization who fails to see his ineffective and meaningless leadership amidst these difficult times is, and will be judged, an accomplice the demise of our country in the upcoming future. With his stance, we will lose some if not all of Artsakh and even Armenia. This is a guy who cheers when Turkey scores a goal against Armenia during a soccer match and who supported the inhuman, illogical, and unArmenian “Protocols” just a few years back. If I was not convinced that he was completely clueless in politics at the international level and that he was a sycophant to powerful nations, I would label him a traitor.

    PS. There are no improper words in this writing. If you choose not to print this response, it will go to all the remaining Armenian papers in the world. Feel free to omit this final paragraph.

    • David Karamian said:

      If what you say is correct about his wealth, I agree, he should be investigated and thrown in jail. We expect more from our president than stealing from his own hungry people. Where do you get the information about his finances?