Dozens of soldiers were again killed in the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of using prohibited ammunition. The situation is confusing in several cities.
Nagorno-Karabakh has again lost dozens of soldiers in the ongoing fighting with Azerbaijan. The number of deaths rose by 44 to 1,221, authorities in the disputed region announced on Monday. The Nagorno-Karabakh leadership accused Azerbaijan of continuing to fire massive amounts of fire on the capital, Stepanakert – including with banned cluster munitions.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry in Baku denied the allegations. Baku does not provide information on losses in the armed forces as a result of the censorship rules during the war state.
Shusha is an important city
The situation around the strategically important city of Shusha was also unclear. Azerbaijan announced on Sunday that it had recaptured the city. Armenia dismissed this as a hoax. Shusha is considered an important city; the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities themselves announced that their loss would ultimately mean defeat in the battle for the entire region.
The heavy fighting for Nagorno-Karabakh has been going on since September 27. Azerbaijan lost control of the mountainous region of about 145,000 inhabitants in a war after the collapse of the Soviet Union about 30 years ago. There has been a vulnerable ceasefire since 1994. Azerbaijan can refer to its “brother state” of Turkey in the conflict and is already receiving support in the form of Turkish weapons and personnel. Russia, on the other hand, is Armenia’s protective force, but has so far held back, announcing that it will only intervene once the war spreads into Armenian territory.