Author: Seymur Kazimov

Despite the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan denying the news of Armenian army capturing Garagaya height during the “6 day” artillery war between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on 12-17 July of 2020, we still witness major manipulation of information on this issue.

The strategically important Garagaya height is currently under control of Azerbaijani forces, as it was during the firefights and is being used to observe Armenian forces and numerous settlements. The last time both sides used heavy artillery fire and launched military operations against each other was in 1992-1993. Until today, weapons used in ceasefire violations have mostly been smaller arms.

The July incident passed onto history as the first severely violent shooting that happened in the last 20 years.

Photo 1. Strategically vital Garagaya height in Aghdam village, Tovuz district
Photo 2. Road to Garagaya height
Photo 3. Aghdam village (in Tovuz district) from a high point of view.
Photo 4. Azerbaijani border (land) – Armenian border (water). Because borders of these two countries did not undergo delimitation and demarcation, they were determined based on administrative regions that were present during Soviet era. When Azerbaijan and Armenia were accepted into the UN in 1992, 2nd of March, their border status during Soviet Union was recorded as present.
Photo 5. Observation point on the height
Photo 6. Aghdam village situated on Azerbaijan-Armenia border
Photo 7. Chinarli village in Berd district of Republic of Armenia are observed from Azerbaijani forces’ positions
Photo 8. Another spot on the height
Photo 9. Armenian settlement as observed from positions of Azerbaijani forces
Photo 10. Battle position of Armenian armed forces, reinforced with tires.
Photo 11. Battle position of Armenian armed forces, reinforced with tires and various objects.
Photo 12. Trench belonging to Armenian armed forces
Photo 13. Trench and military post belonging to Armenian armed forces
Photo 14. Major Mammadov supervising his unit of soldiers’ observations.
Photo 15. Soldier observing