Chronicle of the Patriotic War: October 20
In response to the large-scale provocations committed by Armenian armed forces along entire length of the front, the Azerbaijani Army on September 27, 2020, launched a counter-offensive which then dubbed as “Iron Fist”. The 44-day war has put an end to the almost thirty years of occupation and ensured the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The bright victory achieved under leadership of the Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev has been written in the history of Azerbaijan in golden letters.
Zangilan city and 6 villages of the district, 18 villages of Fuzuli, Jabrayil, and Khojavand districts were liberated. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev addressed the nation in this regard.
First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva made an Instagram post on the liberation of several villages of Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Khojavand, Zangilan districts and the city of Zangilan from occupation.
According to the Ministry of Defense, as a result of the operations conducted by the Azerbaijan Army, a number of troops, 2 T-72 tanks, 4 BM-21 "Grad" MLRS, 1 D-30 gun-howitzer, and 5 auto vehicles of the enemy were destroyed and wrecked in different directions of the front.
The artillery units of the Azerbaijan Army inflicted strikes at the firing points of the Armenian armed forces, Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Defense told AZERTAC.
Azerbaijani flag planted in Zangilan city.
On the evening of October 20, the Azerbaijan Air Defense units destroyed the UAV of the Armenian armed forces in the direction of the city of Ganja.
On October 20, at about 19.30, Azerbaijan Air Defense Units destroyed another UAV of the Armenian armed forces over Tapgaragoyunlu village, Goranboy district.
During the battles in Gubadli direction, the Artillery Units of the Azerbaijan Army destroyed the units of the Armenian armed forces.
EVERY MOMENT OF THE VICTORY
On September 27, 2020, the Armenian armed forces carried out a large-scale provocation and subjected the positions of the Azerbaijani Army in the frontline zone and human settlements to intensive fire from weapons, mortars and other artillery devices. As a result, in order to prevent the combat activeness of the Armenian army and ensure the security of civilians, the Azerbaijani Army Command decided to launch a counter-attack operation across the frontline. The confrontations escalated quickly and turned into the Second Karabakh War.
During the 44-day war with the Republic of Armenia, Jabrayil was liberated on October 4, Fuzuli - on October 17, Zangilan - on October 20, Gubadli - on October 25 and Shusha - on November 8. In accordance with the statement signed in Moscow, starting from 01:00 Baku time, November 10, it was declared that the military operations in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone were completely terminated, until December 1, Armenia would withdraw from the Azerbaijani territories around Nagorno-Karabakh, and the construction of new transport communications connecting Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic with Azerbaijan's western regions would be ensured.
On November 20, 2020, Aghdam was liberated, on November 25 - Kalbajar, on December 1 - Lachin.
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