By Akbar Mammadov
Azerbaijani Army units repelled Armenian attacks in the direction of Fizuli, Xocavand, Jabrayil, Aghdara districts along the line of contact on the night leading to September 29, destroying Armenian military equipment and personnel, Spokesperson for the Defence Ministry Vagif Dargahli told local media.
Dargahli said that the Armenian armed forces attacked the Azerbaijani positions from the Ashagi Veyselli village of the occupied Fizuli district but were forced to retreat, leaving the bodies of killed Armenian soldiers on the battlefield.
Units of the Azerbaijani Army also launched counter-attack operation in Azerbaijan’s Khojavend (Martuni) direction of the front line, destroying the 'Uragan' multiple launch rocket system (MRLS) of the Armenian armed forces.
The command and observation post of the third battalion of the first regiment of the Armenian army, located in the direction of Hadrut settlement of Khojavand district, was also destroyed by Azerbaijani units.
According to the official Facebook post of the Defense Ministry, which referred to Vagif Dargahli, the Azerbaijani army destroyed an Armenian army regiment in Khojavand District.
“As a result of the fire strikes of the Azerbaijani Army, the 3rd “Martuni“ motorized rifle regiment stationed in the occupied Khojavend region was completely destroyed. The command of the Armenian army, appealing to everyone, asks for help with vehicles for the evacuation of the dead and wounded,” said Dargahli.
Dargahli said that the Armenian armed forces have repeatedly attempted to gain the lost positions in the Fuzuli-Jabrayil and Aghdara-Tartar directions, however, were immediately repelled by the units of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces deployed in these directions.
“During the night battles, a mixed column of Armenian armoured vehicles and vehicles advancing from Madagiz in the direction of Aghdara, and an artillery battery providing fire support for its movement, were destroyed by the air assets of the Air Force and our troops stationed in this direction,” Dargahli said.
In the counter-operation in Goyarkh village in Agdhara distrct on the same day, Azerbaijani Army units destroyed a tank of the Armenian armed forces.
Armenia also suffered losses among its military personnel.
Dargahli said that as a result of punitive measures of the Azerbaijani army, the commander of the 18th motorized rifle artillery division located in the Jabrayil district, Colonel Karen Babayan, has been killed.
In the ministry’s official Facebook page, Vagif Dargahli also informed about the killing of Spartak Kocharyan, the commander of the 13516th military unit of the 61st separate engineering regiment of the Armenian army, stationed in Armenia’s Etchmiadzin region. Earlier, Dargahli said that commander of the 9th regiment of the 18th motorized rifle division of the Armenian Armed Forces, Colonel Artem Pogosyan, was severely wounded during the fighting.
Around ten Armenian servicemen, who were trying to advance in the Fizuli-Jabrayil direction of the front in the morning, were killed by artillery fire. A tank, a vehicle belonging to Armenian forces have also been destroyed.
Dargahli also said that Armenian army’s regiment in Madagiz has been demoralized. The military personnel are in a panic. Many of them, including the newly arrived reservists refuse to join the battle, and are leaving the area of combat operation.
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