In a 2 hours, as soon as we reached the positions, the enemy artillery started working, and the sound of a drone could be heard in the sky. The return fire does not wait. The system works as soon as it receives the coordinates, literally seconds later.
After a few strokes, the enemy's direction is silent. It won't take long, but the boys have a smile on their faces. They have a few minutes to relax a bit and talk to us. While we are inquiring about the situation and the mood, the sound of backgammon dice can be heard from the side..
While the other boys modestly refused the interview, Mher felt extremely confident in front of the camera. Extensive service experience helps. Next to him are 18-year-old conscripts. The battery commander Arsen says they are all strong guys, but newcomers are not yet given a military mission in order they gradually learn the war.
You understand from the first minute that Arsen is a favorite person here. The staff responds very quickly to each order. He also managed to get through the April war. Arsen seems to be a big brother to everyone here.
The boys forgot about the war for a short time, but the phone brings everyone back to reality. More coordinates sound, also the command - "fire with a volley", then they can have a bit rest again.
We take the opportunity to talk to the guys who manage the artillery fire. They are surprised, but quickly realize that there is an opportunity to greet and calm their relatives.
This battery has not been returned for 29 days. There is some fatigue, the boys admit. Still, they are ready to stand to the end. They understand that an entire nation is in their hope. After all the greetings, they were going to leave, but Mher decided he still had something to say: "Do not be depressed even for a minute", he said.
By Arthur Khachatryan