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Turkish Defense Ministry condoles Azerbaijan over January 20 tragedy

20 January 2023 [18:13] - TODAY.AZ

Turkish Defense Ministry has shared a Twitter post on the 33rd anniversary of the 20 January tragedy, Azernews 

"We honor the memory of our brothers and sisters who died in the massacre known as Black January, which occurred on January 20, 1990, in fraternal Azerbaijan. As "one nation - two states", we will continue to stick together with our Azerbaijani brothers," the ministry tweeted.

On January 20, 1990, 40,000 strong Soviet troops entered the Azerbaijani capital Baku from several directions, invading the city in a desperate, brutal, and yet futile attempt to strangle the growing independence movement and to prevent the fall of the Soviet communist regime in Azerbaijan and punish ordinary people who had rallied on the streets to voice their legitimate protest against the violation of their homeland's territorial integrity.

Some 137 people were killed, 611 were wounded, 841 were illegally arrested, and five went missing as a result of the intrusion of troops into Baku and other regions of the country.

January 20, 1990, is marked in the modern history of Azerbaijan as one of the most tragic days of the country, and at the same time as a heroic page.


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