EU ambassador extends condolences to Azerbaijani people over Khojaly genocide anniversary

Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Peter Michalko extended condolences to the people of Azerbaijan over the 32nd anniversary of Khojaly genocide, News.Az reports.

“We mourn the victims of the horrible tragedy in Khojaly: women, men, children, elderly, and we keep memory of all of them. I express my deep condolences to all those who lost their families, friends, and homes in Khojaly,” the EU Delegation quoted Ambassador Michalko as saying.

“We all need to continue to work together and do everything for reconciliation and long-lasting peace in order to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.”

Today, February 26, marks the 32nd anniversary of the Khojaly genocide. On the night of February 25-26, 1992, Khojaly city was occupied by Armenia’s armed forces with the assistance of the former USSR’s 366th Motorized Rifle Regiment following massive artillery shelling.

As a result of the occupation, 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women, 70 elderly citizens were brutally murdered, eight families were completely wiped out, 130 children lost one of their parents, and 25 children lost both of their parents. The fate of 150 people, including 68 women and 26 children out of 1275 people, who were taken prisoner and hostage as well as cruelly tortured is still unknown.


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