Former head of the Military Control Service of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, Movses Hakobyan, has revealed new shocking information about the recent conflict with Azerbaijan.
Hakobyan, who submitted his resignation on November 18, served as the Minister of Defence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic between 2007 and 2015.
In a press conference on November 19, Hakobyan blamed the defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh on the Armenian leadership represented by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who assumed power two years ago.
Hakobyan said the new leadership had failed to mobilize the Armenian military when Azerbaijan launched its offensive on Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27.
“On the third day of war, the mobilization in Karabakh was completed at 78%, in Armenia only at 52%. Besides, with a secret decision five regiments were reduced,” Hakobyan said.
According to Hakobyan, the mobilization, which was supposed to be completed in 40 hours only, would have changed the course of the war.
“From all the functions of the army, this is the most complicated one. It is necessary to be honest and while blaming the political leadership, it is important to say that there are mistakes of military authorities, too. Part of these mistakes are objective and part are subjective. The objective ones are that the areas, where the replenishment was necessary, were seriously shelled from the artillery and the UAVs did not allow to do it. The commanders were to make operative decisions and change the form of mobilization,” he added.
The former Armenian MoD official also revealed that, on the third day of the war, Pashinyan had issued a decree to stop the replacement of Armenian forces and sent volunteers on Nagorno-Karabakh frontlines.
“Crime has been committed, on the third day the leadership of the country stopped the mobilization deciding to send volunteers on the front line, I have no idea of the substantiation of the decision.”
“Those, who were responsible for this process, knew that the time would come and they would have to answer for it, so the conversation was recorded”
The volunteers, who were not trained enough, suffered from a shortage in supplies as well as from the lack of proper communications with their commanders.
“A person who does not have communication system with the fighting staff, how could he fight? From the very first fight a part was eliminated, the other fled in panic. On the 5th day we had 1,500 who fled, they were isolated in aim to not to return to Armenia and raise panic.” said Hakobyan.
Hakobyan criticized the work of the Armenian MoD Information Center, which ended up spreading lies.
“There is a criteria though that the lie must not exceed the 30% of the truth. In our case it exceeded 100%. … The locals, the guys that were fighting did not understand why it happened so,” he said.
Regarding the military situation, Hakobyan revealed that Armenia had disrupted the operations of Azerbaijani Bayraktar TB2 combat drones over Nagorno-Karabakh for 4 days with the Russian Pole-21 electronic warfare system. However, the Azerbaijanis managed to bypass the jamming later.
Hakobyan revealed that Armenia didn’t use its Su-30SM warplanes to counter Azerbaijani drones due to the lack of air-to-air missiles. Production and delivery of these missiles were stopped in Russia.
The former MoD official criticized a decision by the Armenian leadership to purchase more of the aging 9K33 Osa air-defense systems over buying the advanced Tor-M2KM system in 2018. According to Hakobyan, the last battle in Nagorno-Karabakh proved that the Osa was useless against combat drones.
Hakobyan went on to reveal that Armenia had used the Russian 9K720 Iskander short-range ballistic missile system during the battle, without providing any additional information.
The former official concluded his conference by saying that Russia had helped Armenia in every possible way and even supplied local forces with systems that they “have never dreamed about.”
Hakobyan’s statements are yet another testimony against Pashinyan and his administration, which led Armenia into a historic military defeat. Hakobyan even said that Pashinyan had behaved inappropriately towards Russia, to whom he ran asking for help when Azerbaijan was about to take control over Nagorno-Karabakh.
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