“On October 4, 2019, at the session of the Valday International Discussion Club, President Ilham Aliyev’s statement” Karabakh is Azerbaijan and an exclamation mark “instantly became a new goal and national slogan of the Azerbaijani state and people. The personnel of the Azerbaijani Army also said “Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” accepted the national slogan as a new challenge of the modern era, a mobilizing goal. “Not only we, but all our people and the whole world understood that the Supreme Commander-in-Chief meant the Armed Forces.”
The statement came from Azerbaijani Defense Minister Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov in an interview with the official press.
The Defense Minister stressed that the measures taken to increase the level of combat readiness in the Azerbaijani Army at that time became more intensive: “In accordance with the instructions of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief and the annual combat training plan, in early July in the frontline military units, including Nakhchivan Large-scale military exercises have begun in the Special Forces. As a result of the successful fulfillment of the tasks set by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief to the Azerbaijani Army, I have personally observed the increase in the fighting capacity of the troops and the fighting spirit and determination of the personnel in my numerous meetings in military units. My meetings with the servicemen serving on the front line, as well as my observations of the enemy positions facing each other, once again confirmed that our army is fully ready not only to respond to the enemy’s provocations, but also to win. ”
During the retaliatory measures taken to prevent another sabotage by Armenia, which did not give up its provocative actions, such as the Battle of Tovuz, the Azerbaijani Army struck another crushing blow to the enemy: “Starting from noon on July 12, 2020, the Armenian armed forces He fired artillery at our positions, violating the ceasefire in the Tovuz region. The enemy’s goal was to capture new territories. However, the advance of the occupying forces was resolutely prevented, they retreated with losses and no loss of territory was allowed. The operational conditions were under the full control of the Azerbaijani Army.
In a closed session of the Security Council on July 13, President Ilham Aliyev analyzed the military situation and gave specific instructions. Our units responded harshly to the enemy’s provocation, which lasted until July 17. Accurate blows from the superior weapons of the Azerbaijani Army units include military and motor vehicles, armored personnel carriers, combat vehicles, artillery, command, control and support posts, headquarters, military infrastructure, firing points, in-depth defenses, units trying to help. and many lives were destroyed. “
The Minister noted that the Tovuz battles were another failed provocation attempt of Armenia aimed at the occupation of new territories: “This sabotage was prevented with the same determination as before, and many strategic positions of the enemy were destroyed. These battles were also a test for the Azerbaijani Army. It was once again confirmed that all personnel are highly trained. In this battle, our army could have unequivocally counterattacked and inflicted greater blows on the enemy. However, since the target in front of us is the territory of Armenia, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief ordered a ceasefire, saying “We are waging a war of justice, we have no eyes on anyone’s land.”
One of the important results of the Tovuz battles was the desire of the Azerbaijani people to unite more closely around the Supreme Commander-in-Chief and the Azerbaijani Army, to mobilize for the Motherland: “On the night of July 14-15, tens of thousands of young people marched in Baku to show solidarity with the President and our army. In the following days, more than 50,000 young people, our compatriots living abroad, reservists, war invalids and veterans applied for registration, expressing their desire to serve in the army voluntarily. The people, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief and the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan were ready for a decisive battle and the Great Victory for the liberation of the lands.