Artashes Hakobyan, 20, who was brought up and grew up with Nzhde ideas, remained firm on his homeland and was a great patriot. When they talked about emigrating from Armenia, he adamantly opposed it, saying: “If you live in another country, who will protect and develop your country? If the situation is bad, you have to learn from it and do something about it.”
When the 44-day war began, he had two months left for demobilization. He couldn’t wait to get home.
Sister Mariam remembers, “He’d call, he’d say, ‘I’m going to die for you, what’s up, how are you? I miss all of you. There’s very little time left and I’m going home, to be with you all, to be by your side.'”
Artaxerxes was an expert marksman. However, in addition to his gun, the junior sergeant also possessed several other types of weapon. During the 44-day war, he fought heroically in the hottest spots: Jrakan, Hadrut, Taghavard, Kert, Avetaranoz, Karmir Shuka. Thanks to his fighting skills and correct calculations, he and his friends destroyed a great deal of enemy manpower and military equipment in those days.
The last time Artashes called home was on October 28, and on the same day, while already trying to save the wounded commander, he was hit by enemy ATS and Artashes was immortalized.