A quick war has ensued in the ‘no longer frozen’ conflict of the former Soviet Union – Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed region in central Asia, between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Earlier this week, Azerbaijan began shelling the Armenian city of Stepanakert. At the same time, the Armenian military began shelling Azerbaijani positions from artillery installations in the Aghdam direction.
Azerbaijan began moving troops to Nagorniy Karabakh.
The Azeri Ministry of Defense reported that the civilian population and infrastructure objects will not be hit during local ‘anti-terrorist’ measures in the Karabakh region.
Azeri Military Incursion into Armenia within 1 day. After a short artillery duel, the Armenian Karabakh forces have surrendered.
September 20, 2023 will go down in history as a sad day not just for Armenians, but for Christians around the world as well. It is on this day that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh have ceased to be a living people there, ending over two millennia of their presence in these highlands, writes Niccolo Soldo.
Earlier today, the authorities who run the Republic of Artsakh (the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh) agreed to lay down their arms in the face of a potential, overwhelming Azeri military onslaught, and have also agreed to dismantle their local para-state. A Russian-brokered deal between the Armenian separatists of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Azeri government facilitated this agreement that will see negotiations begin tomorrow. A big part of tomorrow’s talks will centre around the peaceful reintegration of Nagorno-Karabakh into the Republic of Azerbaijan, three decades after the Armenians defeated Azeri forces in a bloody war, allowing them to erect this para-state.