Leaked Memo Claims Massive Azerbaijani Losses During April War

The leaked memo claiming massive Azerbaijani losses during April war

The leaked memo claiming massive Azerbaijani losses during April war

558 Azeri Soldiers Killed, 1,851 Injured During April War, According to Leaked Memo

YEREVAN—A leaked image, which appears to be a memo on Azerbaijani Defense Ministry letterhead, states that during the 2016 April War 558 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed and 1,293 were wounded, far less than what official Baku reported at the time.

The letter was posted on the voskanapat.info by political commentator Hrant Melik Shanazyarian, who does not mention how he obtained the document.

According to a translation of the document, the letter, date April 28, 2016, is addressed to Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and is from Azerbaijani Army Chief of Staff and Deputy Defense Minister Najmaddin Sadikhov.

In the letter, Sadikhov says that 205 of those killed were soldiers of the Azerbaijani Special Forces, 98 of whom were reportedly killed in Talish, the epicenter of Azerbaijan’s brutal attack in April 2016 on Artsakh positions. Sadikhov adds that 32 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed in the Varanda-Mekhakavan region in the south (formerly Fizouli-Jebrail) and 75 in the other areas on the Artsakh-Azerbaijan border, known as the Line of Contact.

In the memo, Sadikhov also suggests to not transfer the bodies of the dead soldiers at the same time and recommends holding funerals at night in an effort to keep the moral and spirit of the armed forces staff high and to “eliminate the Azerbaijani public criticisms of the armed forces.” Sadikhov suggests to limit the transfer of bodies to 60 a week.

Below is an English translation of the letter made available by Armenpress news agency.

To the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel-General Z. Hasanov

Dear Mr. Minister,
I report to you that the total losses of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces’ staff in the period from April 2 to 6 of 2016 were 558 killed and 1,293 wounded soldiers. Fifty-eight of the wounded soldiers are in critical condition. Fifty-two out of 558 killed soldiers cannot be identified.

Two hundred and five out of the killed soldiers are servicemen of the special-forces of the defense ministry. Ninety-eight of them have been killed during military operations in Talish-Aghdara (Martakert), 32 in Fuzuli-Jabrayil, and 75 have been killed during the military operations conducted at central directions.

In order to eliminate the negative criticisms of the Azerbaijani society toward the armed forces, the further fall of the morale and psychological spirit of the army staff and the panic of the staff, I propose:

Not to conduct the transfer of the bodies of killed soldiers of the Azerbaijani armed forces at the same time (about 60 per week);

To carry out the funerals of some of the killed soldiers during the night hours under supervision in agreement with their parents;

To allocate 5n000 manats (approx. $2,950 USD) from the Defense Ministry’s fund to families of the victims.

Chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces and Deputy Minister of Defense Najmaddin Sadikhov


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  1. Vic said:

    After reading it, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov leaked the confidential letter to political commentator Hrant Melik Shanazyarian!

  2. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    So it turns out that the intercepted phone conversation at that time between an Azery nurse and another party, sciting 2000 casulties was essentially a correct estimate. I blogged about that a bit at that time. However the missinformation propaganda at that time suggested only 200 equally shared by both sides, was overwhelming. This report validates the initial information. It is one report only, and it deals with special forces. There may be other losses, incurred by other units, perhaps raising the toll much higher. This is very heartening. Azerbaijian cannot support a battlefield loss ratio of 24 to 1. Azery armed forces are roughly twice those of Armenia and Artsackh. No wonder the Azerys unilaterally declared a cease fire. Once again we were too timid to take advantage of our advantage. I hope that those fat comfortable high ranking officers have learned something from this. Never the less, this is good news. Too sad about the hundred Armenian men and boys.


    If Azerbaijian armed forces continually try and act the same unhuman way, is only Azerbaijian who slipping on his own oil.

  4. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Clearly, Azerbaijan has concluded by now that it cannot win in an all out assault, so from now on, they will try to daily bleed us. So, it’s time for Armenia to consider building a wall all around it’s border. Armenia cannot afford the cost of building a wall like Israel, or the Great wall of China, or the US Mexico border, but it can build a berm 100 foot high out of the surrounding rock and dirt, top it with fast growing huge trees to make it even higher. Trees like the Redwoods (Californian Sequoya) grows to 300 feet tall. It will not hide anything from the drones, but it would put the Snipers out of business, and the nearby residents out of sight. An excavator, a high volume screening plant, and a hundred foot conveyor, all on tracks or wheels, could easily do the job. All could be bought brand new under a quarter million US dollars. Much less if one shops used in the US.

  5. Raffi said:

    For corrupt Aliyev and his corrupt family the value of the killed is nothing is 0 as long they can stay in power, it’s sad to see how young boys on both sides are dying for the sake of such S holes.

  6. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    If the Armenian and Artsackhian forces cannot stop the Azery’s from sniping and lobbing occasional mortars etc, than they’ll need to make it very expensive. The need for a “cordon Sanitaire” between Azerbaijan and our populated areas is obvious. The Armenians, peaceful farmers everywhere are entitled to use every inch of their land, especially for civilian farming endeavors. After epeated protestations, the world community has been powerless or disconcerned.
    How many young men have perrished since the cease fire? I think that it’s higher than the battlefield losses. What are they to do? Would anyone blame them if that setback was to be an additional fifteen miles?Besides, all those young boys and men who died, what better memorial than land compensation. So many hectars per life lost.