The culmination of the Armenian-Turkish clashes was the decisive Bash-Aparan battle.
On May 21, 1918, the Turkish army decided to launch an attack on Yerevan. On this day, the Turks were in a mere 120 kilometers from the city.
Movses Silikyan, the commander of the Armenian army, decided not to make a major clash with the Turks. Instead, Silikyan instructed Dro to select one thousand shooters and intercept the Turkish army.
The well-armed detachment of Dro occupied the gorge in Bash Aparan. On May 23, the detachment not only stopped the Turkish offensive but also launched a counterattack.
On May 29, the third regiment of the Turkish army was defeated. Devastated Armenia without any foreign assistance gained independence by securing its capital.