September 27, 2021 – anniversary of the start of the Second Artsakh War

Exactly a year ago, on September 27, 2020, the enemy hordes, with the support of thousands of Turkish instructors and Syrian militants (which was confirmed by the Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation, Sergei Naryshkin), as always vilely, brought down all their accumulated power over 30 years on our land, on an integral part of our ancient Motherland, to our not numerous, but proud 150,000-strong Artsakh.

The enemy planned to destroy in two weeks all the Armenian historical and cultural heritage on this land, but thanks to our heroes, the blitzkrieg failed. Several thousand sons of Armenia gave their lives, and more than 10,000 became disabled, so that our ancient Motherland could continue to live. It was very difficult. And when it already seemed that the history of 2,500-year-old Artsakh could end, our Russian friends did not let us turn the last page of this history, and today we have the opportunity and prospect of reviving the part of our Motherland – Ancient Artsakh and all of Armenia.

27 September 2020 divided our lives into before and after. We will no longer be able to think only about ourselves, about our routine everyday affairs. We must know and remember that our generation, no matter how hard it is to admit, has inherited an extremely difficult task of
preservation and further development of the Motherland – Armenia.

The day before, all the political forces of Armenia, despite political differences, and our native Church visited Erablur.
By order of the Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II, on September 27, a memorial service was held in all Armenian churches for the heroes who died defending the Motherland in the Second Artsakh War. In St. Petersburg, a service was held in the Church of St. Catherine by Yermonakh Poghos Vardanyan.

After the service, flowers were laid from the ‘Our Duty’ Charitable Foundation to a khachkar on Nevsky Prospekt in memory of the dead soldiers.
The mourning events on the initiative of the Charitable Foundation “Our Duty” continued with a visit to the monument to Komitas and laying flowers to our great compatriot, as well as a visit, together with officers of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, to the grave of the Hero of Artsakh, Lieutenant General Christopher Ivanovich Ivanyan and the laying of flowers.