“On October 17, at 11.11 local time, the Azerbaijan air defense unit destroyed a Su-25 aircraft belonging to the Armenian Armed Forces, which was trying to attack positions of the Azerbaijani army units towards the Jabrayil area,” the ministry said in a statement as quoted by the news agency TASS, Sunday (18/10/2020). (Read: Turkish F-16 Combat Jet Shoots Falling Su-25 Armenia, Azerbaijan Assumes Talk)
However, the Armenian Ministry of Defense denied Baku’s statement, calling it misinformation. “Ministry of Defense statement Azerbaijan that on 17 October they shot down an Armenian Su-25 is another misinformation, “said Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Shushan Stepanyan.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry announced that its military had secured “advantageous” positions on the front lines. According to the ministry, the Armenian military has “violently violated” the humanitarian ceasefire since Saturday morning with increased attacks in the Terter, Aghdam, Barda and Aghjabadi regions.
Azerbaijan also liberated the city of Fuzuli and several surrounding villages from Armenian occupation on Saturday.
Hours before the downing of the Su-25 fighter jet, Armenia launched a missile attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city. This missile strike killed at least 13 civilians, including two children, and injured more than 40 others. More than 20 houses were also destroyed. (Also read: This is the appearance of an Armenian Su-25 that is claimed to have been shot down by a Turkish F-16)
The missile strike is Armenia’s second deadliest attack in less than a week on Ganja, an area far from the front with a population of half a million.
Since new clashes broke out between the two countries on September 27, Armenia has continued its attacks on civilians and troops Azerbaijan.
An Azerbaijani official said that by Saturday afternoon, Armenia had killed at least 60 Azerbaijani civilians and injured 270 others.
Azerbaijan’s attorney general’s office said the number of houses damaged in the Armenian attack had reached 1,704 units, along with 90 residential buildings and 327 civilian facilities.