Two Karabakh Soldiers Killed by Azerbaijani Snipers

A soldier guarding the Karabakh-Azerbaijan border (Photo: Artsakh Defense Ministry)
Mikayel Torosyan (left) Vahe Vanayan

Mikayel Torosyan (left) Vahe Vanayan

STEPANAKERT—In fresh violence on the Karabakh-Azerbaijan border, two Armenian soldiers were killed as Azerbaijan continued to violate the ceasefire.

“The adversary keeps violating the ceasefire regime, using different weapons,” the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Defense Ministry identified the two killed as privates Vahe Vanoyan (born in 1995) and Mikael Torosyan (born in 1996), who died as Azerbaijan attacked at 9 p.m. local time on Thursday.

Investigation into the details of the case is under way. The Artsakh Ministry of Defense offered condolences to the families and relatives of the soldiers.

Armenia’s Ministry of Defense also offered condolences to the families of two Armenian soldiers Vahe Vanoyan and Mikael Torosyan killed as a result of ceasefire violation by the Azerbaijani side last night.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement it strongly condemns this “act of terrorism.” “Aware that these actions will not go unpunished and the guilty will be held accountable, the military-political leadership in Azerbaijan once again chose to escalate the situation,” the Ministry said.

“At the same time, we draw attention to the fact that the steps targeted at destabilizing the situation in at the line of contact intensify day by day after the completion of electoral processes and Azerbaijan and the visit of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to the region. This is an evidence of the non-constructive stance of Azerbaijani leadership on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict and violation of the norms of international law.”


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  1. edward demian said:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got to believe that your saving your strength for one big punch. Otherwise, what is the total human loss since the cease fire.? Is it 1000? Is is it 2000? Imagine loosing 2000 people forever removed from the gene pool that small. To put it scientifically and coldly. Having lost a son, I can imagine the pain of the two thousand. But I don’t want to imagine that their sacrifice was in vain. That’s why, a future settlement with a Democratic government we can trust, has to include a compensation package. At the very least, a hectar of land for every life lost. Azerbaijan, and other would be genocidal dictators have to understand that after the dust settles, it isn’t just their necks, but their nations landmass.

    • Raffi said:

      Starting the war will resul a larger loss of lives, and will prolong the peace process, specially if it is started without the blessings of Russia

  2. Armen said:

    Armenians should make a pledge to take down 10 Azeris for each Armenian. That’s how you’ll make them stop these sniper attacks. These cowards will only understand force and punishment. Diplomacy is completely futile. We should hit them as hard as one can.

  3. Aram said:

    What international law are you talking about? In that part of the world there is no law and civility let alone international law. Look at what is happening in Paris!! international law will not resolve the conflict, you fight the sword with a sword, wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe it is time to change the strategy from defensive to offensive.

  4. Raffi said:

    Armenia can’t start the war on his own without the blessings of Russia, and Russia is waiting the outcome of Syria and Ucraine to decide.