CHAPTER 25 THE KARABAKH-AZERBAIJAN CONFRONTATION AND THE PROPAGANDA OF UNIFICATION OF THE “TWO AZERBEIJANS”

As the commander of Transcaucasian Military District Colonel-General V. Patrikeev reported;

“The Aghdam military stores were guarded by 60 soldiers. Just imagine, the local people – children, women, priests, deputies arrive there with the decree of the government about nationalizing all the military units deployed on the Azerbaijani territory. This crowd shielded the hidden military. What could we do? To fire? What could we gain from that?”2

This performance and this speech had been prepared beforehand. We can conclude that the commander-in-chief of the Military District had a finger in the pie. Or else why should he justify the looting of the stores (or sales), trying to disguise the creation of the Azerbaijani armed forces. Nothing hindered the way of the trucks carrying the “Grad” missile launchers, bombs and other ammunition in quantities enough to continue the war for ten more years. Considering Azerbaijan a more agressive and militarily superior, the first portions of arms were “denoted” to its armed forces. Armenia would enjoy this same opportunity later,after regaining Karabagh. Mainly the forces of the Dashnak Party occupied positions there. They need of depoliticization the army had already become imperative for Karabagh. The split was already emerging. The Shahumian units were successful as they were better armed. They were preparing to launch a sudden attack on Getashen, though the operation hadn’t yet been confirmed by the command. On June 13 the Azerbaijanis themselves started to shell their positions with “Grad” missiles. Then two “Su-25” and one “Mig” planes appeared in the air and bombarded the villages and the positions. The Azerbaijani vahicles passed the territory unhindered. That territory had been defused of mines as if for preparing a ground for the attack on Getashen. The Azerbaijani tanks belonged to the 4th Russian army. The soldiers of the same army fought against the Armenians. The Armenian self-defence units were fighting heroically to hinder the advance of the Azerbaijani army and enable the population to flee. On that day of June 13 the Armenians burst 17 Russian tanks and other technics. But the Russian tankists managed to split the defence of the village Paris and then Karachinar. The Azerbaijani soldiers entered the villages after the Russians mercilessly killing those who had stayed back. The tanks passed over hundreds of old people and children. About 14 thousand people gathered in Giulistan. They were looking forward to the arrival of 30 tanks. The help didn’t come. The hopeless people dispersed in the forest and two days later, overcoming the highlands of Mrav mountain, reached Haterk, then Stepanakert. The casualties were great. The panic spread to Martakert. The tanks of the 4th Russian army soon attacked Marugha, Chailu, Seisulan villages. The Mountainous Karabakhself-defence units were still badly armed and weak, as a result of which the most furtile lands of Karabakhwere left to the enemy. The Shahumian population joind those of Martakert and reached Goris within a week….

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