Live updates: Day 44 of war in Nagorno-Karabakh – OC Media

Live updates: Day 44 of war in Nagorno-Karabakh – OC Media

Fighting is continuing for the 44th day over Nagorno-Karabakh, despite three ceasefires being agreed.

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Crisis Group Analyst: Eye-witnesses describe killing of civilians and burning of homes by Azerbaijani military

Olesya Vartanyan, Senior South Caucasus Analyst at the International Crisis Group, has written about eyewitness accounts of Azerbaijani forces killing civilians. and burning homes.

‘My list confirmed by at least 3 sources currently consists of 5 civilians, all males, killed with guns within one week. Females and kids left these villages days before these events’, she wrote on Twitter. ‘Two residents of Taghavard village told me their houses were set on fire before current intense fighting.’ 

She has written that the names of the civilians who have been reported killed have not yet been published ‘in the official lists of either civilian or military casualties’.

Azerbaijani control over Shusha (Shushi) confirmed

Nagorno-Karabakh presidential spokesperson Vahram Poghosyan has announced on Facebook that the Azerbaijani military has taken control of Shusha (Shushi). 

‘Today, unfortunately, we have to confess to failures’, the post reads. ‘The city of Shushi city is completely out of our control’. 

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence earlier posted footage showing the city’s streets and Azerbaijani soldiers standing in front of one of the city’s central buildings.

‘It is time to tighten our belts because the adversary is in the vicinity of Stepanakert and the existence of the capital is already in danger’, Poghosyan said.

‘If we want Shushi to be ours again and preserve Artsakh then we have to use all our capabilities and organise a reliable defense of Stepanakert and other directions of the front line. This is the real and hopeful guarantee of success. False calls of victory and Facebook speculations will lead us to losing everything bit by bit.’

‘And history will not forgive us for that. We are fighting till the end.’

Aliyev: military action will stop if Armenia vacates surrounding territories 

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that military actions would stop if Armenian Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan announced the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the surrounding regions outside of Nagorno-Karabakh.

In an interview with the BBC, President Aliyev mentioned a possibility of ‘some forms of self-governance’ but that Armenia’s ‘opportunities to compromise are shrinking’. 

Aliyev also stated that in the face of a humanitarian crisis with winter approaching, Azerbaijan would take care of the civilians cut off from Armenia by providing humanitarian necessities. 

The interview was recorded before he announced the capture of Shusha (Shushi) on 8 November, a claim the Armenian Ministry of Defence has refuted.

Aliyev also denied any deliberate attacks on churches and civilian infrastructure. He called reports in the media, including those by BBC correspondents, ‘fake news’ and a result of bias against Azerbaijan.

Fighting around Shusha continues

According to the Armenian Ministry of Defence, battles continued in the southeast, south, and southwestern directions of the frontline overnight with the most intense fighting around Shusha (Shushi).

The Armenian Unified Infocenter stated that Stepanakert was under continuous fire throughout the night, they also accused Azerbaijani forces of targeting civilian areas, noting that there was no military infrastructure in the areas hit. 

Azerbaijani’s Defence Ministry reports that fighting took place throughout the night near Martakert (Aghdara), Aghdam (Akna), Martuni (Khojavand), and Gubadli (Kashunik). They accused the Armenian armed forces of firing at civilian infrastructure.

They also accused the Armenian armed forces of firing at villages in the Tovuz and Gadabay districts from the ‘direction of Berd and Chambarak regions of Armenia’. No civilian deaths have been reported.


via “Armenian Unified Infocenter”

November 9, 2020 at 06:41AM


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