The NKR defense Ministry accused Baku of using the population as human shields

YEREVAN, 5 Jul – RIA Novosti, Gagik Baghdasaryan. The defense Ministry of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has published the audio recording of the intercept, which, according to the Karabakh side, indicates the use of Azerbaijan’s civilian population as human shields.

Earlier, the military Ministry of Azerbaijan reported the shelling by the Armenian side settlements alhanly near the village of Fuzuli district. Karabakh defense Ministry said that in response to attacks on suppressed weapon emplacements of the reactive systems of volley fire TR-107, located in the village, and put all the responsibility for the consequences for Baku. From posted videos, in particular, that affected the staff, acting on one of the village streets.

“The conversations of the enemy in the presented recordings show that the response of the vanguard units of the Karabakh defense Army was directed against the Azerbaijani weapon emplacements. Azerbaijan, out of habit, places them into the village, turning civilians into human shields,” reads the message of the defense Ministry of the unrecognized Republic.

On the website of the Karabakh military Department also posted a video with footage of the shelling from the Azerbaijani MLRS TR-107. “Judging from the recorded video time, the Armenian side opened retaliatory fire in 20.31 (19.31 GMT), that is, after a few fire attacks by the enemy”, —stated in the message.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous region (NKAR) announced their withdrawal from the Azerbaijani SSR. In September 1991, in the centre of Nagorno-Karabakh Stepanakert it has been declared creation of Nagorno-the Karabakh Republic (NKR). The Azerbaijani authorities during the subsequent military conflict have lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within OSCE Minsk group. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, Armenia protects interests of unrecognized Republic as Nagorno-Karabakh is not a party to the negotiations.