Thursday, September 29 2022 19:49
Naira Badalian

High-voltage power line to Iran damaged due to Azerbaijani shelling:  Minister

High-voltage power line to Iran damaged due to Azerbaijani shelling:  Minister

ArmInfo.The Azerbaijani Armed Forces fired at high-voltage power lines through which Armenia supplies electricity to Iran in large volumes. Minister of  Territorial Administration and Infrastructures Gnel Sanosyan stated  this on September 29 at a meeting with ambassadors accredited in  Armenia in the village of Kut, Gegharkunik region of Armenia.

<It may seem that the power lines were accidentally shelled, however,  for 12 hours, the Azerbaijani armed forces did not allow the  specialists to restore the power lines. "Every time they (specialists  - ed. note) tried to get closer to the lines, they were targeted and  had to go back," the minister said.  As a result, according to him,  due to excess electricity, Armenia was forced to halve the capacity  of the nuclear power plant, as well as the Yerevan Thermal Power  Plant and a number of other power plants.  <Our entire energy system  was deliberately disrupted, we were not allowed to restore it for  hours. This is a typical description of the fact that civilian  infrastructure was clearly targeted>, the head of the MTUI  emphasized.  He recalled that several shells fell into the Kechut  reservoir, which today is completely filled with water.  Fortunately,  there is no damage, he noted, adding that it is not difficult to  predict the consequences if the dam were damaged.  

On September 13, at 00:05, Azerbaijani Armed Forces units began  intensive shelling of Armenian positions from artillery and  large-caliber guns in the direction of Sotk, Vardenis, Goris, Kapan,  Artanish, Ishkhanasar using UAVs. Attacks are also being made on  civilian infrastructure facilities. On the evening of September 14,  it was announced that an agreement had been reached on a ceasefire.   According to the statement of the Security Council of the Republic of  Armenia dated September 19, as a result of the aggression, the number  of those killed and missing reaches 207,( including civilians -3  killed, 2 missing). <293 servicemen and 3 civilians were wounded, 20  servicemen were taken prisoner. There is evidence of cases of  torture, mutilation, dismemberment of captured or wounded Armenian  servicemen by Azerbaijanis, and thus unlawful killing>, the statement  says. It is noted that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces shelled 36  settlements, including the communities of Goris, Sisian, Kapan,  Jermuk, Vardenis, Teh, Geghamasar, as a result of which 192  residential buildings, 3 hotels, 2 schools, 1 medical institution, 1  banquet hall, 4 stables burned down completely or partially. 7 energy  infrastructures, 5 water supply infrastructures, 3 gas pipelines, 1  bridge, 2 highways, 1 street were damaged. 2 ambulances, 4 private  cars were targeted. 

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