PanARMENIAN.Net - The “boogeyman stories” circulated in the Azeri media about the power and determination of the Azerbaijani army remained “unapprehended” by the Armenian side. Celebrating this year the 18th anniversary of liberation of Shoushi, Armenian people once again reminded Baku about the old truth: war is a matter of skill and not quantity. And skill is exactly what the Azerbaijani army lacks. You may buy the most modern weapons, call up all the fighting population of the country, but still lose, because it is necessary to learn to properly shoot even from a gun and go into the battle with confidence that you are defending for your homeland. Azerbaijan has neither the first nor the second. But when the remaining sober heads in the neighboring republic say that the key factor of the Azerbaijani army defeat was that the army fought a war of aggression, they are declared to be enemies and traitors. In the second Karabakh war, if it ever starts, Azerbaijan will not be able to attract any mercenaries: Chechen commanders are busy with their own survival, the notion of “Islamic solidarity” is not applied for the neighboring republic, which, by the way, has aroused the complaint of Baku politicians. Complaints are mainly directed to the member-states of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which not only “do not support the just demands of Azerbaijan and do not condemn the aggressor”, but also make friends with the latter. In this regard it must be reminded that the term “aggressor” can be used only by the United Nations Organization. Only the UN has the right to speak of an “aggressor state”, rather than the politicians in Baku who did not find anything better than to complain about the whole world.
Reverting to the issue of mercenaries, let us note that now it will be harder to attract women-snipers their folks know quite well how they paid for the dead Armenians. Not to mention the Ukrainian “volunteer” pilots... However, Safar Abiyev assures that the Azerbaijani army itself will cope with the “occupants”. But it’s his business, however. Blessed are those who believe.
And now floods of tears and lamentations will be poured by May 9, and Akif Nagi will go on his next tour to Karabakh. The other day the board meeting of the Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) decided to celebrate May 8 as the "Day of hatred towards invaders". According to the decision, along with other activities there are to be organized visits to Martyrs’ Alley in Baku and its regions, burning of the Armenian flag and photographs of her leaders, etc. KLO considers that expressing particular hatred towards the occupiers on this day is appropriate due to the fact that Shoushi “is the symbol of Karabakh and one of the oldest and richest places of Azerbaijani culture”. It would be funny if it were not so sad. Azeri military experts who lost the war will say that the Armenians do not know how to fight, that they achieved victory by Russian assistance, and other such childish prattle. But actually in the operation “Wedding in the mountains” two and a half thousand soldiers were involved from the Azerbaijani side and approximately the same number from Armenia. About 100 people were killed from the Armenian side, while Azerbaijan lost about 700.
At the time of assault, military commander of Shoushi was Elbrus Orujev, while the operation was planned and put into practice by Arkadi Ter-Tadevosyan (Commandos) from the Armenian side. The storm began at 2:30, on 8 May. A large military contingent was present on the open road to the west of Shoushi. The soldiers were ordered not to shoot at people fleeing from the city, but block the access to the city for reinforcement. In the evening the Azeri army thought they had repulsed the attack of Armenians. It was then that most of the soldiers ran off and Orujev did not have enough people to continue the fight. He gave an order to retreat. Among those who left Shoushi last was Chechen fighter Samil Basayev.
It was with the liberation of Shoushi that the NKR Defense Army was formed, which is one of the most mobile and capable armies in the region today. And no matter our neighboring republic likes it or not, such is the reality.