The Armenian side during the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has lost 2 thousand 317 soldiers killed. Press secretary of the Ministry of Health of Armenia Alina Nikoghosyan informed about it.
In her words, the matter concerns the servicemen of the Armenian Defense Army and volunteers, whose bodies have already passed a medical examination and their identity has been established. It is not yet possible to establish the final death toll, since the exchange of bodies has not yet been completed.
The conflicting parties at the moment cannot have the final figures, since the exchange process is still ongoing
- said Nikoghosyan.
Meanwhile, as reported in the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, today there was an exchange of bodies of those killed during the hostilities in Karabakh. The Azerbaijani side, with the mediation of Russian peacekeepers, held a collection of dead servicemen on the battlefield near the city of Shusha.
As part of this humanitarian action, the bodies of the dead servicemen of the Armenian armed forces (...) were handed over to the Armenian side. Also (...) the bodies of six servicemen of the Azerbaijan Army who died during the battles around the city of Shusha were accepted
- said in a statement.
The Azerbaijani military department expressed gratitude to the Russian Defense Ministry and personally to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu "for organizing a humanitarian action" to collect and exchange the dead servicemen.
In turn, the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh confirmed the exchange of bodies of the dead, which took place with the mediation of Russian peacekeepers.
Today, according to the previously reached agreement, the process of exchange of bodies of the dead has begun. The exchange is coordinated by the Russian peacekeeping mission with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the State Service for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Artsakh
- said Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan.