YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–Our armed forces stand ready to resist any renewed attack on the nation by Armenia’s enemies, former Chief of General Staff of Armenia’s Armed Forces Colonel-General Gurgen Dalibaltayan told reporters Thursday on the eve of Shoushi Liberation Day.
Armenia’s Armed Forces have developed significantly since the Liberation of Shoushi on May 8, 1992, he explained, adding, that the country’s defense forces are at a high level of operational readiness and can meet any possible attack with strong resistance.
"The Liberation of Shoushi inspired confidence in our Defense Forces and reinforced our belief in our military capabilities," he said.
May 8 is a day of dual importance for the Armenian people, Dalibatayan explained. Since 1992 it has been marked as a day of commemoration for the Liberation of Shoushi alongside the traditional Victory and Peace Day remembering the over 400,000 Armenian Soldiers who valiantly fought in the Soviet Army during the Second World War.
"The entire Armenian nation participated in the military actions of Shoushi’s liberation," he stressed. "Armenia’s from Armenia, Artaskh and the Diaspora took part in the struggle not only with weapons, but also with moral and material support."
Interestingly enough, he added, there were a number of Russian volunteers who fought alongside Armenians to liberate Shoushi from Azeri control.
According to Dalibaltayan, who is the co-author of the "Hrazdan Military Operation," Although death seemed eminent against such odds, no one thought about it during the battle. 35 people died during the liberation of Shoushi, he noted.