Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has visited the Azerbaijan Military Academy named after Heydar Aliyev.
First, flowers were laid at the monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev in the school area and the memory of the Great Leader was honored.
Then a meeting with the officers and cadets of the school, as well as professors and teachers was held at the Academy’s club.
At the beginning of the event, the memory of national leader Heydar Aliyev, as well as Shehids (Martyrs), who sacrificed their lives for the independence and territorial integrity of Motherland, was honored with observing a minute of silence. The National Anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was performed.
The defense minister brought to the attention of the personnel the historical significance of the Victory gained in the Patriotic War under the command of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Mr. Ilham Aliyev. It was emphasized that the moral and political support of fraternal Turkey played an important role during the war.
Congratulating the military personnel on the beginning of the new training year, the minister stressed that he highly appreciates the heroism and courage shown by the Military Academy’s graduates during the Patriotic War.
The defense minister noted that the personnel reforms carried out in the Azerbaijan Army using new technologies play a significant role in strengthening the army.
It was noted that bringing the military specialists training program at the Military Academy in line with the programs applied at the military schools of the National Defense University of the Turkish Republic is one of the significant steps aimed at training professional officers in the Azerbaijan Army.
Then Colonel General Hasanov enquired about the cadets’ concerns and wished them success in their studies and further service.
In the end, the minister of defense gave relevant instructions on the organization of the military education system at a higher level.
The units were put on alert, assembled in designated areas, and were brought to the state of combat readiness with the deployment of command and control bodies in the area.
The main purpose of the exercises was to improve the activities of the headquarters and the interoperability between the units when bringing the military unit to various stages of combat readiness, as well as to increase the commanders’ ability to manage units in combat and agile decision-making skills.
During the exercises, the military personnel successfully accomplished the assigned tasks.
According to the combat training plan, the first training exercises of the 2022 training year were held in the Land Forces Operations Commando military unit.
Report informs, citing the Ministry of Defense, that, in accordance with the plan, the area, where the sabotage group of the imaginary enemy was supposed to commit provocation, was determined on the basis of intelligence data. The military personnel left the places of their permanent deployment and moved in the direction of the operational area to suppress the possible provocations.
The commandos surrounded and neutralized the provocative-sabotage group of the imaginary enemy and took measures within the norms and principles of international humanitarian law regarding persons detained during the fulfillment of tasks.
The tasks aimed at improving the tactical skills of the personnel as well as further improving the combat capability of commando units in areas with harsh climatic conditions and difficult terrain have been successfully fulfilled.
The Special Army deployed in the exclave of Nakhichevan conducted special tactical exercises during which the air defense system of the conditional enemy preparing for provocation was rendered harmless.
Report informs citing the press service of the Special Army that in conformity with the scenario of the exercises, the special forces were instructed to destroy the air defense systems of the conditional enemy targeting their strategic facilities and airspace.
The commander of the Special Army, Colonel-General Karam Mustafayev, and the military personnel of the Turkish Armed Forces highly appreciated the skills of the personnel in the fight against terrorism.
Azerbaijani servicemen will take part in international exercises, the Defense Ministry told Report.
Proceeding from the instructions of Azerbaijani President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, activities are underway to increase the professionalism of the personnel of the Azerbaijani army.
In the 2022 academic year, Azerbaijani servicemen are planned to participate in over 30 international drills and competitions, the report adds.
Eternity-2022, EFES-2022, Unshakable Brotherhood-2022, Winter Training-2022, International Army Games-2022, and other international training and competitions will be held to hone skills and contribute to the exchange of experience of servicemen to be involved.
In addition, Azerbaijani servicemen are expected to participate in various international seminars and conferences in 2022.
The Unshakable Brotherhood exercises are held with the participation of Azerbaijani and Turkish servicemen.
Azerenergy OJSC built or rebuilt 23 power stations and substations in 2021, Report informs, citing the OJSC.
According to Azerenergy, 500-kV Absheron substation – the country’s largest substation, as well as strategically important 220-kV “Khirdalan” and “Hovsan”, systemically important 110-kV “Binagadi”, “Khirdalan-2”, “Mashtaga”, “Surakhani” substations were put into operation after reconstruction with the participation of President Ilham Aliyev.
On September 3, the overhaul of the Sumgayit Power Plant and the commissioning of an overpass pumping station on the new trestle with the participation of the President completed the Rehabilitation Program of the Energy System for 2018-2021.
In 2021, the New SCADA program of the Energy System was put into operation, and work has been completed on the Gobu Energy Junction, which consists of a 330-kV substation and a 385-megawatt power plant. Finally, in 2021, 13 energy facilities were built and reconstructed in the liberated territories. With the participation of the President, small hydroelectric power stations in Lachin – the Gulabird HPP, Sugovushan-1 and Sugovushan-2 – were inaugurated after reconstruction, and work was completed at the Kalbajar-1 Small Hydroelectric Power Station. 9 digital substations of 110/35/10 kV have been built in the liberated areas. President inaugurated the “Shusha” substation on May 12, “Fuzuli” and “Shukurbayli” substations on June 14, “Kalbajar” on August 16, “Jabrayil” on October 4, “Zangilan” on October 20, and “Gubadli” on October 25. The construction of 110/35/10 kV “Aghdam-1”, “Aghdam-2” substations, as well as “Karabakh” Regional Digital Management Center, built in two places in the Aghdam district, has been completed.
According to Teymur Abdullayev, spokesman for Azerenergy OJSC, all 9 substations under construction in Karabakh and East Zangazur have been entirely digitized and connected to the general energy grid of Azerbaijan.
A 365 km long double-circuit 110 kV transmission line was laid in the ten directions in the liberated territories.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has addressed the world ahead of the New Year, Report informs.
“The world welcomes 2022 with our hopes for the future being tested. By deepening poverty and worsening inequality. By an unequal distribution of COVID vaccines. By climate commitments that fall short. And by ongoing conflict, division, and misinformation,” he said.
He noted that these are not just policy tests but are moral and real-life tests.
“And they are tests that humanity can pass — if we commit to making 2022 a year of recovery for everyone. Recovery from the pandemic — with a bold plan to vaccinate every person, everywhere. Recovery for our economies — with wealthier countries supporting the developing world with financing, investment and debt relief. Recovery from mistrust and division — with a new emphasis on science, facts and reason. Recovery from conflicts — with a renewed spirit of dialogue, compromise and reconciliation. And recovery for our planet — with climate commitments that match the scale and urgency of the crisis,” the UN chief noted.
He believes that moments of great difficulty are also moments of great opportunity.
“To come together in solidarity. To unite behind solutions that can benefit all people. And to move forward — together — with hope in what our human family can accomplish. Together, let’s make recovery our resolution for 2022. For people, planet and prosperity. I wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year,” he concluded.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still developing, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan – Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Policy of Innovative Development under the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov said at a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers.
“Most cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Azerbaijan from November through December 2020”, Yagut Garayeva noted.
Garayeva stated that 31 percent of COVID-19 tests conducted during the above period were positive.
Yagut Garayeva, Head of the Department for Control and Prevention of Diseases at the Union for Management of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB), Shahmar Movsumov, Assistant to the President, Head of the Economic Affairs and Innovative Development Policy Department of the Presidential Administration, and Teymur Musayev, First Deputy Minister of Health, Acting Minister of Health, attended the press conference.
According to the combat training plan, tactical-special exercises were held in the Land Forces Operations Commando military unit.
Report informs, citing the Ministry of Defense, that under the exercise plan, based on the obtained intelligence data, the area where imageniry enemy’s sabotage group was supposed to commit a provocation was determined. In order to suppress the the sabotage group’s provocation, the commandos left the places of their permanent deployment on alert and moved to the operational area.
Various redeployment methods were used in harsh climates and areas with sharp terrain. During the operation, the commandos ambushed by the subversive group of the imaginary enemy made a quick decision and trained the rules of repelling the ambush and conducting reconnaissance in the area.
The main objective of exercises is the development of tactical skills in the conditions of day and night visibility, as well as the further development of operational capabilities of the Commandos.
Specialists demonstrated high professionalism during the exercises and accomplished all the assigned tasks.
The YouTube channel VMedia has released another video, which proves that Russian MP Konstantin Zatulin acts against Russian interests in issues related to Russia-Armenia relations, Report informs.
“Keeping silent about issues related to the situation of Russians in Armenia, without commenting in any way on the law on the language and glorification of Nazism on the part of Yerevan, Zatulin actually contributed to the fact that in 2018 a velvet revolution took place in Armenia and Nikol Pashinyan came to power, taking a course towards distancing from Moscow and rapprochement with the West,” the authors of the video note.
At the same time, it is emphasized that Zatulin, who was silent about the situation of Russians in Armenia, immediately decided to speak out when it came to the demarcation of the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The video also contains the question: “It would be interesting to hear from Mr. Zatulin the answer to the question: didn’t he forget that he represents Russia’s Sochi in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, and not Armenia? Doesn’t it seem to Russian taxpayers that their money is going in a wrong direction? And if Zatulin has forgotten whose interests he is defending, then maybe the time has come to recognize him as a foreign agent?”
Azerbaijani servicemen have returned home after successfully completing regular Commando Training Courses conducted in the Turkish city of Isparta as part of an agreement on cooperation in military education signed between Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Report informs, citing the Ministry of Defense, that the main purpose of Azerbaijani servicemen’s participation in relevant courses within the existing military cooperation between the two fraternal countries is to further improve the combat capability of the Operations Commando military units and the professionalism of personnel.
The Ukrainian Azerbaijanis Rada (UAR) and the Ze! Molodejka organized a mini-football tournament between representatives of several nations operating in the country, Report informs.
Mini-teams representing Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Arab countries, and Ukraine participated in the tournament dedicated to December 31 – the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis.
Charge d’Affaires of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Ukraine Kamal Khalilov, UAR co-chair, chairman of the Congress of Kyiv Azerbaijanis Oleg Krapivin, another co-chair, chairman of the United Diaspora of Ukrainian Azerbaijanis Hikmat Javadov, UAR chief of staff, vice president of the Ukrainian Kickboxing Federation Elshad Ibrahimov and others attended the opening match.
At the opening of the tournament, speakers wished success to such competitions, both in focus on sports and in the direction of friendship between the nations living in Ukraine. Then the final match was held between the teams representing Azerbaijan and Arab countries. The Ukrainian Azerbaijanis Rada-UAR team won the tournament with a score of 2: 0.
The Taras Shevchenko National Museum of Ukraine has organized an exhibition of works by the carpet weaver, member of the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan Eldar Hajiyev.
Report’s Eastern European Bureau reports that the opening of the exhibition, organized by the Azerbaijani embassy in Ukraine, was attended by embassy officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Kyiv, government officials, public figures, and activists of the diaspora.
The main topic of the exhibition, which presents carpets and paintings, is connected with the history of the culture of Azerbaijan and the heritage of Karabakh. The main components of the exhibition are expositions with Karabakh horses.
Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Culture Rostyslav Karandieiev, who was present at the opening, noted that the presented works very clearly expressed national components, adding that it would be one of the most interesting exhibitions for the public of his country.
General Director of the Taras Shevchenko National Museum Dmitry Stus shared his impressions of visiting the Carpet Museum during his visit to Baku, noting that carpet weaving is not just the production of carpets, but a valuable tradition.
“The successes and victories of Azerbaijan are important for us. Success is not an easy task. Including in the field of art. First of all, we need to find out their secrets,” he added.
Eldar Hajiyev told Report that along with paintings and carpets, 25 works were exhibited: “This exhibition was held with the special support of the Azerbaijani embassy in Ukraine, in particular, Ambassador Elmira Akhundova. This is especially important for us.”
The exhibition, which will run until January, aroused great interest among Kyivans.
The flag of the Soviet Union was displayed with a light projection on the building of the US Embassy in Russia in connection with the end of the existence of the former USSR, Report informs, citing Sputnik Armenia.
One of the art groups congratulated Uncle Sam on Christmas.
It is said that 30 years ago, the United States was given a perfect gift, such as a competitive and powerful Soviet Union: “Uncle Sam, happy Christmas! You were given a wonderful gift 30 years ago. December 25, 1991! No more gifts. Greater Russia is reviving. “
The USSR existed from December 30, 1922, to December 26, 1991.