By Abdul Kerimkhanov
Two Armenian soldiers have died under unclear circumstances in Azerbaijan’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both soldiers have sustained gunshot founds.
As the Armenian media reported, twenty-year-old serviceman Tigran Manvelyan was fatally wounded in the southeastern direction of the frontline under unclear circumstances on February 12.
Armenian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan said a second soldier (Tigran Mkhoyan) was killed in a different military unit (in the south direction of the frontline). The soldier was identified as a twenty-year-old serviceman. Mkhoyan was also fatally wounded under unclear circumstances.
The investigation is underway to clarify the circumstances of the incident.
Earlier, on January 24, servicemen of occupied Nagorno-Karabakh Henri-Hayk Zakarian (born in 2001) and Armen Mesropyan (born in 2000) sustained gunshot wounds in a northerly direction of the frontline, and under yet unknown circumstances.
Zakarian was wounded in the head and his health condition was assessed as critical; he underwent surgery. As for Mesropyan, he was wounded in the right arm.
On January 25, a criminal case on charges of “suicide attempt” and “incitement to suicide” was launched in connection with above-mentioned conscripts.
In 2019, according to the Prosecutor's Office of Armenia, seven soldiers of the Armenian army, as well as puppet regime’s army created in Nagorno-Karabakh committed suicide.
Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a lengthy war that ended with signing a fragile ceasefire in 1994. Since the war, Armenian armed forces have occupied nearly 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over one million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.
Despite the ceasefire, Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.
Abdul Kerimkhanov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AbdulKerim94
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