By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry announced on June 20 that reports about the alleged killing of an Azerbaijani serviceman Natig Gurbanov is false and baseless.
The ministry stated that Armenians shared false news and misinformation on social networks. “No Azerbaijani soldier called Natig Gurbanov serves in the army as Armenians claim," says the ministry's statement.
"The enemy’s use of such misinformation as part of its propaganda seems to be a last resort. The enemy who makes unsuccessful attempts wants to pretend as “hero” on paper or in the virtual space,” said the statement.
The ministry further added that the Armenian armed forces lost six of its servicemen on June 16 and 17.
“Now the enemy is reporting its numerous wounded soldiers on separate days giving different explanations so as to keep the public calm,” the statement said.
Armenian armed forces intensified their attacks on the Azerbaijani positions over the past few days, thus killing an Azerbaijani soldier on the contact line of troops on June 15. The Azerbaijani side retaliated the provocations and six soldiers of the Armenian armed forces were eliminated on the line of contact, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported on June 17.
The Armenian militaries use large-caliber machine guns, mortars and grenade launchers while breaching the ceasefire. Although the Azerbaijani side silences the enemy by return fire, the situation on the contact line remains unstable.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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