Children of Western Armenia: Haykaz Mkrtchyan

  • by Western Armenia, November 22, 2023 in Society

Haykaz Mkrtchyan was born on October 31, 2000 in Yerevan. He was engaged in swimming, karate and chess. In 2018, he was admitted to the Faculty of Informatics and Applied Mathematics of Yerevan State University. In the same year, he joined the "First Armenian Front". Haykaz was active, cheerful, friendly. From a young age, he fought against injustice, was on the side of his friends in every issue, and during various mischief, he took everything upon himself without thinking for a second.

Haykaz Army was drafted on January 23, 2019. He gained his first war experience during the battles of July 2020. There was a junior sergeant in Mehrab's military unit, the commander of the mortar unit. During the July battles, the enemy attacked Mehrab's positions. at that time, a collective battery was already formed from the best soldiers, in which Haykaz was also included. In the July battles, he was in the focus, with his mathematical thinking and ability to quickly count, he was able to cause a great loss of the enemy's manpower. During the battles he used to say: "When I turn back, I see the village, I understand that these people sleep peacefully and wake up every day with our hope, so is there anything better than that? How can we not fight for them?"

When the 44-day war began, Haykazi was concerned that they were not in Artsakh with the other boys. While talking to the family, he said: "My heart is bursting, I can't find my place, I feel guilty, I have to go and fight in Artsakh. If we do not fight, the Turk will enter our childhood home. You will see, until we go from Tavush to Artsakh, the fight will not end." On October 14, the best battery of the Mehrab military unit was moved to Mekhakavan. Mkrtchyan Haykaz constantly carried a mine near his mortar in order to cause considerable damage to the enemy. He estimated that he fired about 300 shots in 4 days, eventually increasing the number to 1000. Markots took part in the battles for Jrakan, Tsakuri, Taghavart, Drakhtik, Azok, Verin Tagher, Karmir Shuka. During the war, Haykaz saw Artsakh for the first time, he dreamed of living there, but his dream remained unfulfilled. On October 29, Haykaz was wounded by a Bayraktar attack by the enemy and fought for his life for 12 days, and died on November 9, one hour before the ceasefire. He was posthumously awarded the Combat Medal.