Often called the four-day war, the most intense period of the April 2016 fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Karabakh was in fact limited to three days from April 2 to 4. Low-intensity fighting, with occasional escalations lasting for hours or days, preceded the April war and continued since.
The first day of April war was also the bloodiest, with the Armenian military losing 36 servicemen at its frontline positions. 22 of these servicemen were based on or near Laletepe hill near the border with Iran, 4 near the ruins of Seysulan northeast of Mardakert and 10 near villages of Talish and Madagis, further north. Also killed on April 2 were three elderly civilians – executed in their house on outskirts of Talish and their bodies mutilated – and one schoolboy who was hit by artillery fire near Martuni, his brother and classmate were both wounded.
6 more servicemen and 1 reservist were lost on April 3 and 20 servicemen and 12 volunteers and reservists on April 4. There were more losses in subsequent days, but active operations – efforts to capture or recapture territory – ended on April 4. For a detailed chronology of the April 2016 fighting click here.
In all, of 77 Armenian military personnel killed April 2-5, 35 of were draftees (mostly 19 to 20 years old), 16 were officers, 13 were contracted enlisted personnel and 13 were reservists or volunteers. The names below are grouped by unit (such as platoon or tank crew) and approximate time of the day these soldiers or officers were killed.
|Jr. Sgt.||Sasha Galstyan|
|Sr. Lt.||Maksim Grigoryan|
|Jr. Sgt.||Robert Abajyan|
|Sr. Lt.||Merujan Stepanyan|
|Jr. Sgt.||Ruben Iskandaryan|
|Sr. Lt.||Beniyamin Yeghoyan|
|Sr. Lt.||Hrach Galstyan|
|Jr. Sgt.||Henrikh Gahramanyan|
|Sr. Lt.||Argishti Gaboyan|
|Jr. Sgt.||Vladik Narinyan|
*These servicemen were wounded on April 4 and passed away from their injuries in subsequent days.
Pvt=Private; Sgt=Sergeant, CPvt=Contract Private (professional, rather than drafted servicemen), Lt.=Lieutenant, Capt.=Captain, Maj.=Major and LTC=Lieutenant Colonel.