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2020 Russian Mil Mi-24 shootdown

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Russian Mil Mi-24 shootdown
Russian Air Force Mil Mi-24P Dvurekov-4.jpg
A Mil Mi-24, similar to the helicopter shot down
shootdown
Date9 November 2020 (2020-11-09)
SummaryShot down by MANPADS
Sitenear Yeraskh village, Ararat Province, Armenia
Aircraft
Aircraft typeMil Mi-24
OperatorRussian Air Force
Fatalities2
Injuries1

On 9 November 2020, a Russian Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter (NATO reporting name "Hind") was shot down by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war. It was shot down near Yeraskh, in Armenia, a few kilometers away from Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, as a result of fire from the ground from MANPADS.[1] Two of the crew members died, while another was injured as a result of the attack.[2][3][4] Azerbaijani authorities soon issued a statement of apology, saying that the shootdown happened by mistake and offered compensation.[5]

Events[edit]

Background[edit]

The shootdown occurred during a war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is de facto controlled by the self-proclaimed and unrecognized Republic of Artsakh, which is supported by its ally, Armenia, but is de jure part of Azerbaijan.[6] On 8 November 2020, the Azerbaijani forces seized control of Shusha, after a four-day long battle over the city.[7][8]

Shootdown[edit]

The shootdown took place on 9 November 2020, near Yeraskh, in Armenia, few kilometers away from Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, and some 70 kilometres (43 mi) from the border to Nagorno-Karabakh, as a result of fire from the ground from MANPADS.[9][10] The helicopter was accompanying the convoy of the Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri.[11] Soon after, Azerbaijan took responsibility for the attack, with its Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that the shootdown happened by accident, expressing apologies to Russia and readiness to pay compensation.[12] According to Azerbaijan, the Russian helicopter flew in the dark, at low altitude and outside the detection zone of the Azerbaijani air defense radars. Also, Azerbaijani authorities stated that the helicopter flew in close proximity to the Armenia–Azerbaijan border during a time of conflict and that the Russian helicopters were not previously been seen in the area.[13] Russia's military base in Armenia and Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan started an investigation on the incident.[4][14]

Reactions[edit]

Involved parties[edit]

Soon after the shootdown, Azerbaijan's Minister of Defence, Zakir Hasanov, sent a letter of condolences to Russia's Minister of Defence, Sergey Shoygu.[15] Also, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that they positively assessed Azerbaijan immediately taking responsibility of the incident.[16]

International[edit]

On 9 November, CSTO, which Russia is a member of, issued a statement, expressing its concerns over the shootdown.[17]

See also[edit]

  • 1991 Azerbaijani Mil Mi-8 shootdown
  • 2014 Armenian Mil Mi-24 shootdown
  • 2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-24 shootdown
  • 2018 Russian Ilyushin Il-20 shootdown
  • List of aircraft shootdowns during the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

References[edit]

  1. "Two killed as Russian military helicopter downed in Armenia". BBC News. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  2. "Two soldiers die after Russian helicopter shot down in Armenia". Euronews. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. "Russian Military Helicopter Shot Down in Armenia, 2 Dead". The Moscow Times. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Russia says one of its helicopters has been shot down over Armenia". Reuters. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. "Azerbaijan apologizes for shooting down a Russian military helicopter in Armenia". Meduza. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  6. "Armenia and Azerbaijan fight over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh". BBC. 27 September 2020. Archived from the original on 27 September 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  7. "Azerbaijan says it has taken Karabakh's second-largest city, Armenia denies it". Reuters. 8 November 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  8. "Key Town In Nagorno-Karabakh Falls As Azerbaijan Presses Forward in Breakaway Region". RFE/RL. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  9. "Nagorno-Karabakh: Russian helicopter 'shot down' over Armenia". Deutsche Welle. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  10. "Russia says military helicopter shot down in Armenia, 2 killed". Al Jazeera. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  11. "ОДКБ прокомментировала инцидент со сбитым в Армении российским вертолетом". RIA Novosti (in русский). 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  12. "Azerbaijan says it downed Russian helicopter by accident, apologises". Reuters. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  13. "Азербайджанские военные сбили российский вертолет над Арменией". BBC Russian Service. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  14. "Baş Prokurorluq Rusiyaya məxsus hərbi helikopterin vurulması ilə bağlı bəyanat yayıb". Trend News Agency (in azərbaycanca). 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  15. "Министр обороны Азербайджана направил Шойгу письмо с соболезнованиями". RIA Novosti (in русский). 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  16. "МИД позитивно оценил признание Баку вины в инциденте с российским Ми-24". RIA Novosti (in русский). 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  17. "ОДКБ выражает серьезную озабоченность в связи с тем, что был сбит российский вертолет". 1News (in русский). 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.


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