Khojaly tragedy – 30 years commemoration


The Khojaly genocide, one of the gravest crimes against humanity, will be forever etched in our minds as the bloodiest in history. In addition to killings of a significant number of peaceful Azerbaijanis, there is talk of horrors of torturing innocent people beyond what we can imagine, in particular of a Human Tragedy which is incomparable, for cruelty, with the horrific massacres at Katyn, Lidice, and Oradour.

On the night of February 25-26, 1992, the picturesquely situated city of Khojaly, southwestern Azerbaijan, was shelled from the military hardware of the 366th Motorized Rifle Regiment… The city, blocked from three sides, was invaded following the assault. Although the survivors of Khojaly – children, women and old people – went into the forests along the snow-covered passages, some of them, frozen and exhausted by the cold, were killed with special cruelty by Armenian armed formations on Askeran-Nakhchivanli plain.

In Khojaly genocide, 613 innocent people – 63 children, 106 women and 70 elderly – were killed; 8 families completely slaughtered; 25 children lost both, while 130 children one of their parents; 1275 people taken hostage, with 150 of them still missing; while 487 people were left disabled. One city, one settlement, eight villages, 2495 houses, 31 industrial and 15 agricultural facilities, 20 educational and 14 health institutions, 56 cultural and 5 communication facilities, etc. were destroyed and looted by the Armenians.”

The Romanian language students from Azerbaijan University of Languages video presented the historical facts happened during the dark days of 1992 and discussed the books that reveal testimonies from the inhabitants of Khojaly.

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