CivilNet: “On day 4, we realized this war will be worse than April 2016”

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At the start of the Second Artsakh War, Artyom Arevikyan had already been serving as an army conscript for eight months. He recalls his comrades making jokes on their way to the frontline, in an attempt to overcome anxiety and fear. In the first few days of the war, he wondered whether this would be similar to the Four-Day War in April 2016. But on the fourth day, he realized the situation was much worse.

Artyom is currently undergoing treatment at the Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center. He is certain that he will recover fully and continue his studies.

CivilNet: “On day 4, we realized this war will be worse than April 2016”

CIVILNET.AM

06:11

At the start of the Second Artsakh War, Artyom Arevikyan had already been serving as an army conscript for eight months. He recalls his comrades making jokes on their way to the frontline, in an attempt to overcome anxiety and fear. In the first few days of the war, he wondered whether this would be similar to the Four-Day War in April 2016. But on the fourth day, he realized the situation was much worse.

Artyom is currently undergoing treatment at the Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center. He is certain that he will recover fully and continue his studies.

Armenpress: Pashinyan offers parliamentary opposition to hold discussions on the terms of snap elections

Pashinyan offers parliamentary opposition to hold discussions on the terms of snap elections

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 19:18,

YEREVAN, JANUARY 20, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan offered the parliamentary opposition to hold discussions on the terms of snap elections, ARMENPRESS reports Pashinyan said during the parliament-Cabinet Q&A session.

‘’If you think we have exhausted ourselves, let's go, hold parliamentary elections and see who has exhausted. Let’s sit down and together decide the terms so that you do not say later that the government decided the terms itself’’, Pashinyan said.

Armenpress: Pashinyan offers parliamentary opposition to hold discussions on the terms of snap elections

Pashinyan offers parliamentary opposition to hold discussions on the terms of snap elections

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YEREVAN, JANUARY 20, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan offered the parliamentary opposition to hold discussions on the terms of snap elections, ARMENPRESS reports Pashinyan said during the parliament-Cabinet Q&A session.

‘’If you think we have exhausted ourselves, let's go, hold parliamentary elections and see who has exhausted. Let’s sit down and together decide the terms so that you do not say later that the government decided the terms itself’’, Pashinyan said.

Minister of Defense visits Special Operations Forces

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YEREVAN, JANUARY 21, ARMENPRESS. Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan visited an Armenian Armed Forces Special Operations Forces military base on January 20 and toured the military facility where he was briefed by the command on the service and upcoming supplementations.

The ministry of defense did not disclose which base Harutyunyan visited.

He highlighted daily training and strengthening of combat readiness of the troops, namely the special forces.

The Minister of Defense drew special attention to the higher education factor in training of commanders, prioritizing education in the best military academies.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Minister of Defense visits Special Operations Forces

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YEREVAN, JANUARY 21, ARMENPRESS. Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan visited an Armenian Armed Forces Special Operations Forces military base on January 20 and toured the military facility where he was briefed by the command on the service and upcoming supplementations.

The ministry of defense did not disclose which base Harutyunyan visited.

He highlighted daily training and strengthening of combat readiness of the troops, namely the special forces.

The Minister of Defense drew special attention to the higher education factor in training of commanders, prioritizing education in the best military academies.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Road condition | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency

Road condition

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YEREVAN, JANUARY 21, ARMENPRESS. The ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed in Armenia due to bad weather conditions.

The roads leading to Amberd Fortress and Lake Kari are closed.

The Vardenyats Pass and Berd-Chambarak highway are closed for all types of vehicles.

The Georgian side reports that the Stepantsminda-Lars highway is open only for passenger cars.

The ban on entry of foreigners to Georgia is still in force.

Drivers are urged to use snow tires.

Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan

Road condition | ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency

Road condition

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YEREVAN, JANUARY 21, ARMENPRESS. The ministry of emergency situations reports that some roads are closed in Armenia due to bad weather conditions.

The roads leading to Amberd Fortress and Lake Kari are closed.

The Vardenyats Pass and Berd-Chambarak highway are closed for all types of vehicles.

The Georgian side reports that the Stepantsminda-Lars highway is open only for passenger cars.

The ban on entry of foreigners to Georgia is still in force.

Drivers are urged to use snow tires.

Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan

Visits of European lawmakers to Artsakh will continue: EAFJD presents upcoming initiatives

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YEREVAN, JANUARY 21, ARMENPRESS. The issue of Artsakh will be a priority in the activities of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) in 2021.

Communication and PR manager at the EAFJD Harut Shirinian told Armenpress that the issue of the Armenian prisoners of war will be under their focus, adding that they will continue sending humanitarian aid to Armenia and Artsakh, will urge the EU to impose tough sanctions on Azerbaijan and Turkey and will continue to raise the issues of refugees, the war crimes. The EAFJD highlights the need of solving the issue of the status of Artsakh in the OSCE Minsk Group format, by respecting the Artsakh people’s right to self-determination.

“The evidence shows that all these further complicated the solution of the Artsakh conflict. Azerbaijan’s behavior is condemnable, we see that in fact only the Armenian side fulfills the point of the November 9 trilateral statement relating to the return of POWs. But Azerbaijan doesn’t fulfill it. We think that the January 11 statement was signed without any understanding, in case when we had no progress over the issue of POWs”, he said, stressing the need for active works to be carried out by the EU, France as a Co-Chair country, as well as human rights organizations. Harut Shirinian said in order to boost these works they are cooperating with the Offices of Ombudsmen of Armenia and Artsakh in order to send respective notes to the European political representatives, international organizations so that they will be more engaged on the issue.

“It’s time to be more active, make all efforts in the European Union so that the latter will play its role in the protection of human rights”, he said.

The EAFJD also condemns Azerbaijan’s actions aimed at damaging the Armenian cultural heritage in Artsakh. Shirinian said this issue should be brought to the agenda of the OSCE MG Co-Chairs and actions must be taken for the representatives of UNESCO, respective structures to have a concrete status to control the preservation process of the Armenian cultural heritage in the territories which have come under the Azerbaijani control.

Another important initiative of the EAFJD is the organization of the visit of European figures, lawmakers and journalists to Armenia and Artsakh. This initiative has been done both before and during the recent war. Mr. Shirinian stated that this initiative will continue as a visit of European lawmakers to Armenia and Artsakh is expected in February. The purpose of the visit is for the Europeans to see clearly what has happened.

Interview by Anna Gziryan

Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan

Visits of European lawmakers to Artsakh will continue: EAFJD presents upcoming initiatives

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 08:59,

YEREVAN, JANUARY 21, ARMENPRESS. The issue of Artsakh will be a priority in the activities of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD) in 2021.

Communication and PR manager at the EAFJD Harut Shirinian told Armenpress that the issue of the Armenian prisoners of war will be under their focus, adding that they will continue sending humanitarian aid to Armenia and Artsakh, will urge the EU to impose tough sanctions on Azerbaijan and Turkey and will continue to raise the issues of refugees, the war crimes. The EAFJD highlights the need of solving the issue of the status of Artsakh in the OSCE Minsk Group format, by respecting the Artsakh people’s right to self-determination.

“The evidence shows that all these further complicated the solution of the Artsakh conflict. Azerbaijan’s behavior is condemnable, we see that in fact only the Armenian side fulfills the point of the November 9 trilateral statement relating to the return of POWs. But Azerbaijan doesn’t fulfill it. We think that the January 11 statement was signed without any understanding, in case when we had no progress over the issue of POWs”, he said, stressing the need for active works to be carried out by the EU, France as a Co-Chair country, as well as human rights organizations. Harut Shirinian said in order to boost these works they are cooperating with the Offices of Ombudsmen of Armenia and Artsakh in order to send respective notes to the European political representatives, international organizations so that they will be more engaged on the issue.

“It’s time to be more active, make all efforts in the European Union so that the latter will play its role in the protection of human rights”, he said.

The EAFJD also condemns Azerbaijan’s actions aimed at damaging the Armenian cultural heritage in Artsakh. Shirinian said this issue should be brought to the agenda of the OSCE MG Co-Chairs and actions must be taken for the representatives of UNESCO, respective structures to have a concrete status to control the preservation process of the Armenian cultural heritage in the territories which have come under the Azerbaijani control.

Another important initiative of the EAFJD is the organization of the visit of European figures, lawmakers and journalists to Armenia and Artsakh. This initiative has been done both before and during the recent war. Mr. Shirinian stated that this initiative will continue as a visit of European lawmakers to Armenia and Artsakh is expected in February. The purpose of the visit is for the Europeans to see clearly what has happened.

Interview by Anna Gziryan

Editing and Translating by Aneta Harutyunyan