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Armenia’s Chief of General Staff: Azerbaijani troops violently murder and mutilate female Armenian soldier

Chief of General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Eduard Asryan stated that Azerbaijani troops had killed and mutilated a female Armenian soldier, News.am reports.

At the meeting with the ambassadors of 30 states and representatives of international organisations, he talked about the atrocities committed by Azerbaijani troops against Armenian troops. “I’ve got photos and videos on my phone; I can show you. It’s impossible to watch these atrocities. I’ll show you a video. There are no words to describe it, you can see how they mutilated a female soldier, cut off her legs and fingers, undressed her,” he said. “This is a violation of international humanitarian norms.”

According to OC Media, the video that Asryan is talking about was allegedly shot and spread by Azerbaijani soldiers. The video shows the bodies of Armenian soldiers, including two women, the news outlet reports. One of them was fully undressed, her eyes were poked out and stones were put inside, OC media says. The woman also had her fingers cut off and put inside her mouth.

Yesterday, Armenia’s human rights commissioner Kristine Grigoryan called on people not to spread the video to avoid helping the Azerbaijani propaganda. “The servicewoman and her family have the right to privacy and respect for her dignity. We have already documented and analysed these actions. They are being presented to international specialised organisations,” she said.

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi came to Armenia on Saturday amid the escalation of tensions with Azerbaijan. She stated that her visit “is a powerful symbol of the United States’ firm commitment to a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Armenia, and a stable and secure Caucasus region”.

Earlier, Asryan stated that the Azerbaijani army had advanced 7.5 km into Armenian territory in the area of the city of Jermuk.

In the early hours of September 13, the Armenian Ministry of Defence reported an Azerbaijan-conducted shelling of Armenia’s territory not far from the unrecognised territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. In turn, Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry released a statement accusing Yerevan of a “large-scale military provocation”.

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