Tensions Escalate as 4th Soldier Killed in 2 Days; 3 Wounded

Another Artsakh solder was killed
Four Artsakh soldiers were killed on Friday and Saturday

Four Artsakh soldiers were killed on Friday and Saturday

STEPANAKERT, YEREVAN—Tensions escalated along the Artsakh-Azerbaijan border as a fourth soldier was killed by Azerbaijani fire in two days and two others were critically injured. The Artsakh Defense Ministry pledged retaliation.

Narek Gasparyan (b. 1997) was killed on Saturday, according to the Artsakh Defense Ministry, which a day earlier reported the deaths of Arayik Matinyan (b. 1997), Vigen Petrosyan (b. 1997), and Vardan Sargsyan (b. 1997).

All four soldiers were awarded the medal of valor posthumously by Artsakh President Bako Sahakian.

Reports indicated that Gasparyan participated in the 2016 April War and was stationed in Talish. He was to be discharged in a.

The Artsakh Defense Ministry extended its condolences to the soldier’s family members, friends, and fellow servicemen and said that Azerbaijan’s latest aggression was inspired by the untargeted statements of international organizations, which do not put the blame of the escalation of violence on Azerbaijan. The Ministry also promised that Artsakh Defense Forces will retaliate.

Another soldier, Myasnik Hovhannisyan was severely wounded on June 16 and underwent successful surgery in Yerevan over the weekend. Hovhannisyan sustained injuries to his eyes as a result of Azerbaijani fire.

Saturday’s attack left two soldiers critically wounded.

Yuri A. Zakaryan was transferred to Muratsan Central Clinical Military Hospital of Armenia’s Defense Ministry on Monday having suffered a gunshot wound to his head.

Gayane Hovhannisyan, the hospital’s chief of the intensive care unit told reporters Monday that Zakaryan was in critical condition.

“His condition is assessed as critical. Having lost consciousness, the soldier is hooked up to a ventilator. He needs no surgical intervention based on the examination results,” the chief of ICU, adding that Zakaryan had already undergone surgery at the Stepanakert Hospital.

Hovhannesyan added that another Artsakh soldier, Armen Vardanyan, was in critical but stable condition at the Muratsan Hospital, adding that his condition has not changed since being admitted on Saturday. Vartanyan, too, suffered a gunshot wound to his head.

‘The provocations on the Line of Contact during the last two days are another manifestation of the policy of Azerbaijan aimed at driving the negotiations into a deadlock. It is an open challenge against the efforts towards establishing peace and stability in the region,’ said Artak Nersissyan, a spokesperson for the Artsakh Foreign Ministry in response to an inquiry from Tert.am.

“Such destructive steps, if not prevented, will lead to dangerous consequences, first of all, for Azerbaijan itself,” added Nersissyan.


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  1. Red-neck Robert said:

    Will Armenians demand (and get) any effective leadership before the question becomes moot?

  2. Fredrick Anjo said:

    We need to seriously act. What Azerbaijan must see, is escalated support from the Diaspora. Monitory, man power, political voice. We need to step up our efforts. Azerbaijan has to realize that the entire Armenian diaspora is going to appose it every step of the way. They have to realize the existence of Azerbaijan is on the line. We have to show the full power of the Armenian diaspora. We need to mobilize the inteligencia and develop Artsakh financially and scientifically.

    • State of Emergency said:

      If it were possible we would have done it by now. We are in no position to do any of the things you talk about.

  3. Raffi said:

    Just to feed the ego of the corrupt Aliyev Armenia and Azerbaijan may end up in a all out war thus resulting in destruction and death, why not the Int’l community interfere and eliminate 1 fucken ass hole, and save the lives of so many.

  4. Arn.Sweden. said:

    A little sting now and then will make you slowly Bleed to Death.
    The Armenians must do something against the Turks Once and For all.

    “Action Always Beat Reaction” !.


  5. Novelliani said:

    Wher is the Armenian retaliations ? All they do is promise! While sitting there like lame ducks and getting shot one by one every few days.
    Why is it that there’s no action on our part to teach these Animals a lasting lesson once and for all!
    If there’s any kind of response, (as they always promise that they will) then why don’t they tell us about it?

  6. nazareth samuelian said:

    No matter what we are we are with u arsakh .but save the young men from being shot .why not call diaspora for help . Where is armenorussian army .we will defend with all means arsakh .Armenia u must be the first nation to arsakh ur the mother accept arsakh independence .