February 7, 2014 - 16:22 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Azeri media have been circulating reports claiming “serviceman Eshgin Guliyev was killed Jan 6 on the frontline in Armenian sniper attack.”
Guliyev was posthumously awarded with the medal for distinguished military service of the third degree for personal valor on duty.
Armenian Defense Ministry refuted the claim, dismissing it as false. As the ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan noted, no increase in ceasefire violations was registered, with Azeri shots having become a customary occurrence.
Recently, the perished, injured or missing soldiers, who, in all probability, fell victim to Baku’s botched diversion attempts, have been resurfacing in Azerbaijan. Thus, captain of the Azerbaijani armed forces Elnur Jafarov was reported killed, while a number of servicemen were claimed to have been injured as a result of negligent use of firearms or have gone missing.
The Co-chairs (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Jacques Faure of France, and James Warlick of the United States of America) and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, traveled to Baku and Yerevan Feb 4-5. In Baku, the Co-chairs met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and in Yerevan they met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. In both capitals, they had consultations with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense. In their talks, the Co-chairs reiterated their deep concern over the recent escalation on the Line of Contact and the border, and called on the sides to exercise restraint in their actions and rhetoric. The sides stated their intention to strengthen observance of the ceasefire and avoid further escalation, particularly in light of the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi.
In late January, a Nagorno Karabakh army soldier, Karen Galstyan, aged 20, sustained a deadly injury in a sniper attack at the northern direction of the line of contact with the Azerbaijani armed forces.
Simultaneous attempts of penetration by the Azerbaijani subversive groups were recorded on Jan 19-20 in the north-eastern (Jraberd) and south-eastern (Korgan) directions of the line of contact. The front units of the armed forces of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic noticed the actions of the Azerbaijani subversive groups and started an organized defense in both directions. The rival was thrown back suffering palpable human and material losses. Junior Sergeant Armen Hovhannisyan died from the wounds he received during the exchange of fire in the north-eastern direction.
Also, as a result of the continuous firing from the Azerbaijani side, a 16-year-old girl was wounded in her leg on Thursday, Jan 23 night in Aygepar village of Armenia’s Tavush province. Intensive fire was registered in the direction of Armenian border villages of Nerkin Karmraghbyur, Aygepar, Chinari and Movses, RA Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan told PanARMENIAN.Net
The injured girl underwent a surgery in the hospital of Berd town and later discharged, according to Ankakh.com.
“The Azeris fired upon houses, roofs. Now the firing has stopped,” one of Aygepar residents told Razm.info.
According to Nerkin Karmraghbyur’s page on Facebook, the firing ceased at about 5 am Friday. No one was injured; roofs of some houses were damaged.
Earlier, village administration head Manvel Kamendatyan said that the electricity was turned off to avoid ignition.
Meanwhile, Azeri media outlets spread reports alleging that a woman was wounded by Armenians. However, no official comments followed.