Azerbaijan continues to launch a major offensive against Armenia on September 15, 2022. Here’s a briefing of the past 24 hours.
Per official reports, the number of soldiers killed in action is 105, the number of wounded civilians is 7, more than 2750 people are displayed, 195 homes are damaged of which 60 are completely destroyed. In addition, a civilian car has been shelled in Jermuk, 6 hectares of forest has burned down and 2 ambulance vehicles were targeted and shot.
There was an apparent ceasefire reached on the evening of September 14, however, the next morning there were reports that the Azerbaijani military was shelling the village of Verin Shorzha. Azerbaijan has been continuously attempting to advance into the provinces of Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor, and Syunik. It is worth noting that all these regions are within the sovereign territory of Armenia.
After three days of heavy artillery fire, UAV bombings, and ground troops invading Armenia, the government of Armenia has yet to mobilize the military and institute a draft or martial law.
During the answer question session of the National Assembly, Pashinyan stated that he is ready to sign an agreement recognizing Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in exchange for peace and security. Azerbaijan demands Armenia to recognize its territorial claims from the Soviet Union, which includes the territory of Artsakh. Pashinyan stated that any agreement would be to protect the approximately 29,800 square kilometers of the Republic of Armenia, a number that does not include Artsakh.
Following public outcry, Pashinyan, a few hours following his statement, went live on Facebook stating that there is no actual agreement in place. Protestors continue to call for his impeachment because of his stated readiness to sign such an agreement if presented to him.
Responding to Pashinyan, President of the Republic of Artsakh, Arayik Harutyunyan stated “Artsakh will never be a part of Azerbaijan”. On September 15, Harutyunyan led a group of government officials to Yerevan. After taking part in the security council meeting, Harutyunyan claimed Artsakh’s future status was not on the agenda for discussion.
Nearly 50K Armenian citizens were gathered in front of the National Assembly calling for Pashinyan’s impeachment. Protestors called on members of parliament to join and start the motion of no confidence. Members of the “Armenia” and “With Honor” blocs joined the crowd by midnight and entered parliament to begin the proceedings.
At the moment, the opposition has enough votes to submit a draft resolution of no confidence but must convince 18 Civil Contract parliamentarians to deflect to reach the majority vote threshold required to actually impeach the prime minister.