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10 May 2012 Stepanakert puts on a military display. An elaborate Victory Day parade in Nagorno-Karabakh was likely meant to reassure the local population.

Armenian military forces have put up a display of force at a military parade held in Stepanakert on 9 May to mark Victory Day. The event was attended by the Armenia president Serzh Sargsyan, the former president Robert Kocharian, the Catholicos of Armenia Karekin II and the President of the self declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Bako Sahakyan. The parade included artillery and infantry units, tanks, missiles and helicopters. Armenian media also reports that some new equipment produced in Armenia, including unmanned drones, were on display at the parade for the first time.

The unusually large parade was a display of force, primarily meant to reassure the Armenian population of Karabakh of the readiness of the Armed Forces at a time of increasing tension on the front line.

Earlier there were reports that some Victory Day celebrations in Armenian villages in the Tavush Region close to the line of contact seperating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces had been cancelled because of security concerns.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies

photo: Victory Day parade in Stepanakert on 9 May 2012 (picture courtesy of the press Service of the president of Armenia).

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The bodies of the three Armenian servicemen killed in the downing of a helicopter in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone earlier this month have been retrieved according to sources close to the Ministry of Defence of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The sources said that this was done during a special operation near the crash site in the no man's land between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. Gun fire was exchanged during the operation. It is not known if there were any casualties on either side. (source: commonspace.eu with agencies).. A spokesman for the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence has denied that there has been any Armenian special operation near the helicopter crash site and has described the story as a provocation. (commonspace.eu with agencies).
The bodies of the three Armenian servicemen killed in the downing of a helicopter in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone earlier this month have been retrieved according to sources close to the Ministry of Defence of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The sources said that this was done during a special operation near the crash site in the no man's land between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. Gun fire was exchanged during the operation. It is not known if there were any casualties on either side. (source: commonspace.eu with agencies). A spokesman for the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence has denied that there has been any Armenian special operation near the helicopter crash site and has described the story as a provocation. (commonspace.eu with agencies).
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