“Information that allegedly as a result of the mortar-rocket-artillery strikes of the Azerbaijani army, damage to the civil infrastructure of Armenia for $ 300,000 was inflicted is nothing more than an attempt by the Armenian government to blame Azerbaijan on its inability to repair and restore private housing that was once destroyed due to man-made disasters or obsolescence houses, kindergartens, water and gas pipelines, factories, enterprises, in a word, the civil infrastructure of the bordering Armenian settlements already in a deplorable state,” Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence said, APA reports.
It is noted that a certain paradox is created: “During the July battles in the Tovuz direction of the state border, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia more than once stated that during the hostilities the Armenian side, “worthily” defending itself, did not suffer significant losses and prevented possible destruction that could be inflicted on settlements and the infrastructure of Armenia. However, less than two weeks have passed since the chairman of the Investigative Committee of Armenia, Hayk Grigoryan, began to sound the alarm about the massive 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.”
The Ministry of Defense once again declares that, unlike the enemy, the units of the Azerbaijani army never target and fire at the civilians, settlements, residential buildings, civilian objects: “Azerbaijani servicemen never fight the civilian. All claims and accusations of the Armenian side are unfounded. All this is yet another unsuccessful attempt to evoke compassion and attract the attention of the world community and international organizations.
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 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 manpower over large areas deep in the enemy’s defense with precise fire.
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 would use these weapons, the scale of destruction and damage would be 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 region, 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.”