September 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the grim events that unfolded in Jermuk, Armenia, when Azerbaijani armed forces launched a violent and controversial operation. Despite evidence pointing to war crimes, there has been a conspicuous absence of international response and accountability. This report delves into the alarming lack of action in addressing the atrocities committed by Azerbaijani troops and offers an updated geopolitical overview.
The Jermuk Confrontation
Exactly a year ago, Azerbaijani forces carried out an invasion into Armenian territory, specifically targeting Jermuk. The Army Chief of Staff of Armenia, Edward Asryan, presented details of the attack to Armenia’s foreign diplomatic corps. The meeting unveiled examples of barbaric actions committed by Azerbaijani soldiers, including the brutal mutilation of a female Armenian soldier, Anush Apetyan.
Asryan recounted horrifying stories of cruelty. “I cannot find words to describe how they dismembered a female soldier, cut off her legs, fingers and stripped her naked,” he lamented. These acts constituted a violation of international humanitarian law, and Asryan accused Azerbaijan of committing war crimes.
The international diplomatic corps, including ambassadors from the U.S., UK, France, Italy, EU, China, Argentina, and the Netherlands, toured areas affected by the fighting. Their visit added gravity to Asryan’s claims, as they witnessed first-hand the destruction caused by the Azerbaijani forces.
The Life and Legacy of Anush Apetyan
Anush Apetyan was a 36-year-old Armenian female soldier, born and raised in Armenia. She joined the military out of a sense of patriotism and duty towards her country, showcasing admirable courage and resilience throughout her service.
Anush was not just a soldier; she was a loving mother of three children, aged 16, 15, and 4. She took pride in being a role model for her kids, instilling in them the values of bravery, integrity, and the importance of serving their country.
Capture and Atrocities
Tragically, Anush was captured alive in Jermuk, Armenia, during an Azerbaijani military operation in September 2022. She endured unimaginable horrors, including rape, torture, and dismemberment at the hands of Azerbaijani soldiers. These barbaric acts were disturbingly documented in a video posted by the perpetrators on Telegram, and although its graphic nature has limited its distribution, it serves as a harrowing testament to the brutality she faced.
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Azeri War Crimes against an Armenian Soldier Anush Apetyan 21+ Horrific
Footage of the atrocities: https://www.ragex.co/post/war-crime-alert-azerbaijani-soldiers-accused-of-executing-armenian-prisoners
Current Geopolitical Status
A year on, the tactical situation around Jermuk remains precarious but stable. Asryan said that only one Azerbaijani military team remained in the area, currently surrounded by Armenian forces. However, the lack of international intervention has allowed this uneasy status quo to persist.
Unresolved War Crimes
Despite Asryan’s detailed briefing and the corroborative tours by international diplomats, no substantial steps have been taken to hold the perpetrators accountable. This has not only emboldened the Azerbaijani military but also raised concerns about the erosion of international humanitarian norms.
The lack of action in holding Azerbaijani forces accountable for the atrocities committed in Jermuk is a dark stain on international diplomacy. It’s a critical issue that deserves immediate and comprehensive attention, lest such acts go unpunished, potentially emboldening further atrocities in future conflicts.