32 years passed since the Khojaly tragedy. We not forget and we will not let it be forgotten!

   32 years passed since the Khojaly genocide, one of the most terrible tragedies in history. The Azerbaijani city of Khojaly was razed to the ground by the Armenian occupiers on the night of February 1992, 25-26. In this cruel and bloody crime committed by Armenian chauvinists, the inhabitants of the city of Khojaly behaved like heroes until the last moment, fought to the last breath and did not bow to the enemy. Describing this tragedy as the most cruel genocide against humanity, our national leader Heydar Aliyev said: “on the one hand, the Khojaly tragedy is an example of the loyalty of every Khojaly resident to his land, nation and Homeland. On the second hand, the genocide against Azerbaijan by the nationalist and barbaric forces of Armenia is an unprecedented manifestation of atrocities.”

   As a result of the Khojaly genocide, 63 children, 106 women, 70 old and old women, 613 Khojaly residents were killed, 8 families were completely destroyed, 25 children lost both parents, 130 children lost one of their parents. 76 people were injured from enemy bullets, including 487 children. 1275 people were captured. The fate of 150 of those captured, including 68 women and 26 children, remains unknown to this day. The coverage of the Khojaly genocide in Azerbaijan is mainly associated with the name of the national hero of Azerbaijan Chingiz Mustafayev. His most important service in his short-term military journalistic career was videotaping the atrocities committed in Khojaly.

   As a result of the successful foreign policy pursued by the Azerbaijani state, the world countries are already expressing their attitude to this genocide committed by Armenians and sharply condemning the massacre in Khojaly. The Azerbaijani people avenged all the crimes committed by the aggressor Armenia and Armenian fascism with their glorious victory in the 44-day Patriotic War.

According to the meaning adopted in our modern world, genocide is the process of targeted destruction of a nation in connection with its linguistic, religious, sectarian and national differences. The internationally accepted definition of genocide also suggests that the Khojaly events are an act of genocide committed against the Azerbaijani people. International conventions and laws adopted in the world condemn such genocides as the Khojaly tragedy and declare their inadmissibility. We are confident that the Khojaly genocide committed against humanity will be given a fair political and legal assessment and the criminals will be adequately punished.

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