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Defense ministry: Azerbaijan’s all Smerch multiple rocket launchers fully operational

29 October 2020 [16:38] - TODAY.AZ

By Trend

The Armenian Defense Ministry has disseminated video footage about the allegedly destroyed Smerch multiple rocket launcher belonging to Azerbaijan on Oct. 29, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

"We inform that this video footage is fake and it is unknown where it was filmed,” the ministry added. “All the Smerch multiple rocket launchers belonging to Azerbaijan are fully operational."

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. Currently, Azerbaijan continues the liberation of its territories from Armenian troops.

Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.


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