Massive fighting for a junction in the South Caucasus continues. According to President Aliyev, Azerbaijan has taken the strategically important city of Shusha.
According to its president Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan has captured the strategically important city of Shusha in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone in the South Caucasus. In a televised address on Sunday, Aliyev spoke “with great pride and joy” about the “liberation” of Shusha by the Azerbaijani armed forces. However, according to Armenian information, the fierce fighting for the strategically important city continued. The capture of Shusha would be a significant success for Azerbaijan against the pro-Armenian fighters.
The hill town of Shusha is located on a strategically important main road in the South Caucasus, connecting the regional capital Stepanakert of Nagorno Karabakh with the territory of Armenia. There are about 15 kilometers between Schuscha and Stepanakert.
The Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognized internationally
Nagorno-Karabakh had unilaterally declared independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union. This was followed by a war that left 30,000 dead in the 1990s. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is still not internationally recognized and is considered part of Azerbaijan under international law. However, it is mainly inhabited by Armenians. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Caucasus region flared up again in late September. According to official information from both sides to the conflict, more than 1,200 people have died since the fighting began.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on the phone with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin on Saturday, the office of the French president announced. Accordingly, the Heads of State agreed that “the fighting must end” to allow negotiations “on a realistic basis”.