The Khojaly massacre was a mass killing committed against ethnic Azerbaijanis during the occupation of Khojaly on the night of February 25-26, 1992 by the Armenian armed forces with the participation of the 366th motorized infantry regiment of Russia.
As a result of the massacre, 613 Khojaly residents, including 63 children, 106 women, 70 elderly people, were killed, 8 families were completely destroyed, 25 children lost both parents and 130 children lost one parent. 487 people, including 76 children, were wounded by enemy bullets. 1,275 people were taken prisoner. The fate of 150 captives, including 68 women and 26 children, is still unknown.
Coverage of the Khojaly genocide in Azerbaijan is mainly associated with the name of the National Hero of Azerbaijan – Chingiz Mustafayev. The most important part of his short-term military journalism career was filming the atrocities committed in Khojaly. Some of it is included in the documentary video below.
Seven Azerbaijanis considered national heroes took part in the defense of Khojaly. Among them, Shohrat Hasanov was killed in the battles and was posthumously awarded the Medal for Courage by the President of Azerbaijan. Allahverdi Bagirov rescued 1,003 Khojaly prisoners from Armenians in three days through Armenian Colonel Vitaly Balasyan.
At present, the recognition of the Khojaly genocide has been identified as one of the main directions of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy. Apart from Azerbaijan, Khojaly is fully recognized as a genocide by Pakistan and Sudan. Mexico, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Djibouti, Peru, Honduras, Panama, Jordan, Romania and Scotland recognize the tragedy as a parliamentary massacre. In addition, 22 US states have adopted a document recognizing Khojaly as a massacre.
In Azerbaijan, the massacre is known as “Khojaly genocide” (Xocalı soyqırımı) and “Khojaly tragedy” (Xocalı faciəsi).
Props to Best Gore member @zodiacbeys for the video, who noted “Armenians are not so innocent…“: