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Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence: Our Army is capable of striking at selected military facilities in Armenia

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Azerbaijani Army is capable of striking at selected military targets deep in the enemy's defence and will do so if necessary. As reported by Azeri Daily, this is said in a statement of the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan.

'Information that allegedly as a result of the mortar-rocket-artillery strikes of the Azerbaijani Army, damage to the civilian infrastructure of Armenia worth $300,000 was inflicted is nothing more than an attempt by the Armenian government to blame Azerbaijan for its own failure to repair and restore private residential buildings, kindergartens, water and gas pipelines, factories, enterprises, in a word, the civil infrastructure of the bordering Armenian settlements, which is already in a deplorable state.

A certain paradox is created. During the July battles in the Tovuz direction of the state border, the Armenian Ministry of Defence has repeatedly stated that during the hostilities, the Armenian side, "worthily" defending itself, did not suffer significant losses and prevented possible destruction that could have been inflicted on settlements and the infrastructure of Armenia. However, less than two weeks passed since that, and the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Armenia, Hayk Grigoryan, began sounding the alarm about the large-scale damage inflicted on the Tavush region. As you can see, the statement of one Armenian official completely contradicts the statement of another official. This indicates that even the official information disseminated by the Armenian side is based on lies and slander,' says the statement.

The Ministry of Defence emphasises that, unlike the enemy, the units of the Azerbaijani Army never target and fire at the civilian population, settlements, residential buildings, civilian objects. Azerbaijani soldiers never fight the civilian population. All claims and accusations of the Armenian side are unfounded. All this is yet another unsuccessful attempt to arouse compassion and attract the attention of the world community and international organisations.

'As for the unfounded accusations of the Investigative Committee of Armenia in connection with the alleged use by the Azerbaijani side of heavy flamethrower systems TOS-1 and multiple launch rocket systems Grad during the hostilities on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, we clearly note that during these battles, the Azerbaijani Army did not use the above-mentioned weapons. The Azerbaijani Army intends to use these weapons and other more modern weapons exclusively for the destruction of selected military facilities, military infrastructure, and also military manpower with precise fire on large areas deep in the enemy's defence. However, it is known that such objects have not yet been targeted by us and have not been destroyed. If, as the Armenian side claims, the Azerbaijani Army used these weapons, then the scale of destruction and damage would have been many times greater. On the contrary, during these battles, as a result of intensive artillery shelling by the enemy of the positions of our units, as well as settlements and civilian objects, on July 14, a 76-year-old civilian from the village of Agdam, Tovuz district, Aziz Azizov, died. At the same time, damage was inflicted on civilians, public and private property, and infrastructure, and the extent of the damage is being assessed.

Units of the Azerbaijan Army only took adequate retaliatory measures solely in accordance with the power and destructive force of the combat means used by the enemy. If the Armenian side has any evidence regarding the use of TOS-1 heavy flamethrower systems and Grad multiple launch rocket systems, let them provide them.

We categorically reject this information and declare that this is another lie. Armenia, as always, this time, spreading such misinformation, is trying to deceive the international community,' the Defence Ministry said in the statement.

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