“My son was killed.” What the participant of the 44-day war told after being wounded

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Participant of the 44-day war, the father of officer Harutyun Sukiasyan, Armen Sukiasyan, claims that his son was not killed, but murdered.

Harutyun Sukiasyan served in the rocket artillery unit. In the second half of October, the service was carried out at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in Gegharkunik region. He was injured as a result of the shooting of the “Scud”. According to the father, two Scuds were hit. “The incident took place on the night of September 13-14, the first Scud was hit, and the second one was hit in the morning,” said Armen Sukiasyan.

“I don’t think that my son died in the war, I think that he was murdered. I think that it was planned to kill by the one who led the war to defeat, we have a commander-in-chief who is responsible (he means the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan). He is guilty because he provoked the war,” said the father of the fallen serviceman, noting that the investigation into the criminal case initiated in connection with his son’s death is incomplete.

“The incident took place in the territory of the Republic of Armenia, about 30 km from the border of Artsakh and Azerbaijan towards the territory of Armenia. Two people were killed on the spot from the first Scud hit, five servicemen were injured, one of whom was my son. Only the second wounded “Scud” is mentioned in the criminal case. The death certificate does not say what caused my son’s death. They say that a drone hit them, but there are video recordings that those drones made 40-minute video recordings, that is, they watched for 40 minutes. The Air Defense Commander-Department is to blame here: they did not give information to the head of the Missile Artillery Department, they did not work together,” said Armen Sukiasyan, who is concerned about the fact that the omissions pointed out by him are not being investigated in the framework of the criminal case.

The father states that he makes the accusations based on the information given to him by his son and his fellow soldiers. Harutyun Sukiasyan fought for 17 days to recover; however, the burns received were deep. Notwithstanding the serious injuries, Harutyunyan gave some details to his father.

“My son was in the hospital for 17 days, unconscious for 3 days. After that, he came to his senses, we communicated very lightly for a couple of days, he could not speak much; the burns were too many. We talked a little about the incident. What I say, is based on that talk, that’s why I think it’s intentional. My son said, this didn’t just happen. The fellow soldiers said that they have reached their place. But they were told to stop, hide the cars, relax, and wait for further orders. After 15-20 minutes, the cars were blown up. The incident took place in Sotk,” said Armen Sukiasyan and noted: “They massacred a whole generation last year.”

Armen Sukiasyan does not lose hope that one day he will achieve justice.

At the age of 15, Harutyun Sukiasyan decided to choose the path of the military. He has studied at the Monte Melkonyan Military College, then at the St. Petersburg Rocket Artillery Academy. Two months after returning to Armenia, the war started. “We were not defeated, we were betrayed… We were not deceived, we just believed,” according to his father, these were the last words of his son.

Narek Kirakosyan