Armenian Soldier Killed by Azerbaijani Fire in Gegharkunik

By Asbarez | Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Another Artsakh solder was killed

A contract officer of the Armenia’s Armed Forces was killed after Azerbaijani forces, which have breached Armenia’s sovereign border, opened fire in the Verin Shorzha border section of the Gegharkunik Province, Armenia’s Defense Ministry reported.

The soldier was identified as Junior Sergeant G.Y. Khurshudyan.

The defense ministry reports that at around 2:20 p.m. local time Azerbaijani forces began discharging automatic weapons aimed at Armenian forces stationed in the area.

President Armen Sarkissian called on the international community to take tough measuring and condemn Azerbaijan’s provocations.

“Today, after the prolonged illegal encroachment on the borders and territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia,  Azerbaijan turned to a new provocation to escalate the border situation,” said the statement, which referenced the incident that resulted in Khurshudyan’s death.

“I call on relevant state bodies to make all efforts and take the toughest measures against the threats to the territorial integrity of Armenia and border violations,” added Sarisskian.

“In condemning Azerbaijan’s provocations and efforts to further escalate the situation, we call on the international community and all interested states to voice heightened intolerance and take decisive measures,” added the statement.