Azerbaijan Downs Russian Attack Helicopter Over Armenia and Immediately Apologizes
2 dead, Azerbaijan takes responsibility, says it was an accident
A Russian Mi-24 helicopter was downed over Armenia near the border with Azerbaijan from a man-portable air-defense system, killing two and injuring one, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
“On November 9, at about 17:30 Moscow time, a Russian Mi-24 helicopter came under fire from the ground from a man-portable air-defense system when accompanying a vehicle convoy of the 102nd Russian military base on the territory of the Republic of Armenia in the airspace close to the Armenian settlement of Yeraskh near the border with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (the Republic of Azerbaijan),” the Russian Defense Ministry stated. [Nakichevan is an Azeri exclave to the west of southern Armenia, whereas fighting is to its east.]
“Two crew members were killed, one was evacuated with moderate injuries to the home air base,” the ministry added.
The Russian Mi-24 helicopter was downed over Armenia outside the combat zone, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Monday. “The Russian Mi-24 helicopter was downed in the airspace over the territory of the Republic of Armenia outside the combat zone,” he stated.
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Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Azeri forces downed a Russian helicopter near its border with Armenia by accident, expressing apologies to Moscow and readiness to pay compensation.
Russia’s Defence Ministry said earlier on Monday that one of its Mi-24 helicopters had been shot down over Armenia near the border with a region belonging to Azerbaijan, killing two crew members and injuring another.