Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan said on Wednesday that Azerbaijan handed over air control of the offensive against Karabakh to the Turkish Air Force.
According to him, the flights of Turkish and Azerbaijani aircraft on Wednesday “were controlled by the Turkish air command post (plane – ed.) E7-T near the cities of Erzrum and Kars located in Turkey”.
“It is possible that the Turkish Air Force leadership is on board this plane,” Hovhannisyan wrote on Facebook.
On September 27, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated that the Armenian Armed Forces fired at settlements on the line of contact in Karabakh, according to these data, there are casualties among civilians and military personnel. According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, Karabakh “has been subjected to air and missile attacks”. Yerevan said Baku had “launched an offensive” in the Karabakh direction. The unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic was told that civilian settlements in Karabakh, including the capital Stepanakert, had come under artillery fire, the authorities called on the population to take refuge and later declared martial law and mobilization in Karabakh.
Armenia also declared martial law and general mobilization. Former Deputy Minister of Justice of Armenia, former Karabakh Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan told RIA Novosti that this was the first time that general mobilization was announced in Armenia. The President of Azerbaijan approved the introduction of martial law in a number of cities and regions of the republic and curfews in the country, as well as announced partial mobilization.
A number of states, including Russia and France, called on the parties for restraint. Turkey stated that it would provide any support requested by Azerbaijan against the background of another aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.