But the balance could be much higher, in the context in which the two sides claim that they caused losses to the opponent and broadcast images with destroyed armor. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says Armenian armed forces lost more than 550 soldiers, dead and wounded, during clashes on Sunday.

“According to the information received, the Armenian armed forces suffered serious damage during the fighting on Sunday. The Azerbaijani army destroyed 22 tanks and other heavy armored vehicles, 15 units of the air defense system, 18 drones, 8 artillery installations, 3 artillery depots. In addition, more than 550 soldiers were killed (including wounded), “the Interfax-Azerbaijan news agency reported, citing the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense.

During the hostilities in the direction of the village of Talis, the commander of the Armenian air assault battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Lernik Babaian, was killed and the personnel of the military unit under his command suffered heavy losses.

“Due to the large number of wounded in the enemy army, there is a lack of places in military and civilian hospitals, as well as a lack of blood reserves in the blood bank. The Armenian side, as always, hides from the public the real losses of its army “, underlines the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense.

At the same time, Armenia’s ambassador to Russia, Vardan Toganian, said that on the side of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, 4,000 mercenaries who had previously fought in Syria are participating. According to the ambassador, Turkey was allegedly involved in transporting mercenaries from the Middle East to Nagorno-Karabakh.

In Yerevan, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced that the fighting did not stop during the night from Sunday to Monday, Reuters writes, and in Baku, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry accused the Armenian forces of bombing the city of Tartar.

The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry also announced that it had regained positions lost the day before, but Azerbaijan had announced new territorial conquests.

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces ”hit enemy positions with missiles, artillery and aviation (…) and conquered several strategic positions near the village of Talis. The enemy is withdrawing “, announced the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense, which has spent without taking into account to purchase weapons, in the last years, with the money obtained from the oil from this country in the Caucasus.

The clashes between the two former Soviet republics, which were at war in the 1990s, are the latest outbreak of a long-running conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist region within Azerbaijan but ruled by ethnic groups. Armenians. Nagorno-Karabakh said 24 of its troops had been killed and more than 100 wounded after Azerbaijan launched an air and artillery attack on Sunday. Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh have declared martial law and mobilized the male population. Azerbaijan said its forces responded to the Armenian bombing and took control of up to seven villages, although Nagorno-Karabakh denied the allegations. Azerbaijan’s prosecutor’s office said five members of a family had been killed by Armenian bombings.

Erdogan announces his support for Azerbaidjan

Clashes have sparked a wave of diplomatic efforts to prevent a new outbreak of decades-old conflict between two former Soviet republics, a Christian-majority Armenia and a largely Muslim Azerbaijan, with Russia calling for an immediate ceasefire and another regional power. , Turkey, has announced that it will support Azerbaijan. Ankara officials have announced full support for Azerbaijan and called on Armenia to “stop aggression.” “We will support our Azerbaijani brothers by all means in their fight to protect their territorial integrity,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement. Turkish President Recep Erdogan also reacted to the resurgence of the conflict on Facebook: “Armenia, through its attacks on Azerbaijan, has once again shown the world that it is the greatest threat to peace and peace in the region. As always, the Turkish nation is with the Azerbaijani brothers with all the means at its disposal. We invite the Armenian people to take care of their future and to protect them from those who use it as a puppet. ”

Ankara is recruiting Syrian mercenaries

The Jerusalem Post writes that Turkey has stepped up its rhetoric against Armenia in recent days, threatening the country and claiming that Armenia is “playing with fire” and that Yerevan is recruiting “terrorists.” However, hundreds of Syrian refugees have been recruited by Turkey to fight Armenia in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, according to observers, activists and other Syrian reports. The demands were posted on social networks this week and circulated among Syrian refugees, dissidents and other observers monitoring the situation in Syria.

Turkey has said it is talking to members of the Minsk group, which mediates between Armenia and Azerbaijan – Russia, France and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, but no details were available about the conversation, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Azerbaijani counterpart Aliyev. Erdogan pledged support for his traditional ally, Azerbaijan, saying Armenia was “the biggest threat to peace in the region” and urged “the whole world to stand by Azerbaijan in their fight against invasion and cruelty.” Pashinyan reacted, urging the international community to ensure that Turkey does not become involved in the conflict.

Russia supplies Armenia with weapons

Azerbaijan has warned of transporting large quantities of weapons from Russia to Armenia via a complex route that uses the Caspian coast’s airspace – the shorter route through Georgia has not been available due to opposition from the Tbilisi government. Armenia is backed by Russia, which has a military base there. Yerevan is also part of a politico-military alliance led by Moscow, the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Pipelines carrying Caspian oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan to the rest of the world pass close to Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia also warned of security risks in the South Caucasus in July, after Azerbaijan threatened to attack Armenia’s nuclear power plant as a possible crackdown. Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan in a conflict that erupted when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Although a ceasefire was agreed in 1994, after thousands were killed and many more displaced, Azerbaijan and Armenia fled. they frequently accuse each other of attacks around Nagorno-Karabakh and along the border.