Recovered Pieces of Helicopter to Be Submitted for Study

Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian

YEREVAN—Parts of the Artsakh Mi-24 helicopter downed by Azerbaijan will be submitted for expert examination, Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian told media on Saturday.

“The stubborn stand of Azerbaijan, the lack of logic, the reluctance to be committed to the principles of humanism during both the downing of the helicopter and prevention of retrieval of the victims’ bodies, have forced the leadership of the Nagorno Karabakh Defense Army to resort to special actions,” the minister said. He added that due to the professional skills of Artsakh’s military, the specific site of the downing was determined and the body of a pilot and the remains of the other two pilots were retrieved.

Parts of the helicopter which were retrieved in the special operation will soon be submitted for examination, Ohanian stressed. The Minister added that Armenians should be proud of the servicemen, who carried out that difficult task.

Asked whether there will be a response to Azerbaijan’s provocation, Ohanian said that measures will be strengthened to find and eliminate the enemy. “We give a worthy response to those who try to violate the peace,” he stressed.

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