Vahagn Sargsyan is one of the victims of the war that started at midnight on September 13. He was from Khanjyan village, Armavir region, and was 19 years old.

The parents found out that Vahagn was fighting against the enemy in the early morning of September 14.

“At 6:30 in the morning, my eldest son said, Dad, it’s war.’ After that, we started panicking: there was no call from Vahagn, we kept calling him. Vahagn called at 6:10 in the evening, we talked, we relaxed… – said Vahagn’s father, Armen Sargsyan.

Vahagn was killed a few hours before the ceasefire announced on September 14. His mother’s calls went unanswered.

For the parents of 19-year-old Vahagn, the circumstances of their son’s death remain unknown. They have a number of questions that they want to address to the persons responsible. The parents state that their son was in a group of five people, one of whom was the platoon commander with the rank of lieutenant. He also died. The father and mother raise a question: why were the soldiers without an experienced commander, why are all the victims mostly 18-20-year-old soldiers? Vahagn’s mother says that if her son had not been neglected, he might have been saved.

Vahagn’s uncle, Mihran, who was the first to learn about the death of his nephew, declares that the information provided by the command and Vahagn’s surviving comrades contradict each other. As of now, the relatives have managed to find out that the positions where Vahagn was, were not properly equipped. The Sargsyans consider this too was a serious reason for the death of their 19-year-old son.

The Ministry of Defense did not officially inform about the death of Vahagn, as well as about the other boys who gave their lives for their country. The Facebook page of the Khanjyan secondary school is the only structure that has anything to do with the state, where it is mentioned about the death of Vahagn. According to Vahagn’s mother, not properly publishing the names of the victims is another attitude towards the soldiers that the state demonstrates.

Narek Kirakosyan

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