STEPANAKERT—Artsakh’s Defense Minister Movses Hakobian, speaking to reporters on Friday, accused Azerbaijan of adopting a new strategy of maintaining a drawn-out, tiring war. According to the Defense Army Commander, the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 were unprecedented in terms of the tensions at the line of contact.
The adversary made no offensive attempts in 2013, while the number of attacks reached 19 in 2014. In nine cases out of 24 reported in the past two months, the enemy has managed to penetrate into Artsakh defense lines. The Minister said, however, that this does not testify to the combat readiness of the Azerbaijani army.
“The analysis of [their] actions shows that the subversive acts have been carried out by one subdivision trained in Turkey,” he noted.
The Commander said that the members of this specially trained unit faced a worthy counterstrike by soldiers of the Defense Army. “Unfortunately, we suffered losses when rebuffing the attacks,” he added.
The increased number of offensive actions and ceasefire violations are evidence of a new strategy adopted by the adversary, Hakobian said. “The task is the same – to cause harm to Armenians in every way possible, to engage Armenia and Artsakh in an arms race, to affect the domestic political situation in Armenia and to contribute to migration,” Hakobian said.
According to the Minister, the need to give a worthy response to the Azerbaijani side has led to changed decisions in the Defense Army, the armaments have been improved, the level of combat readiness has been raised.
Hakobian considers, however, that at the frontlines everything depends first of all on the alertness and fighting spirit of the soldier. “This is what has allowed the Defense Army to fulfill its task of ensuring the security of Artsakh.”