Thursday, October 28

Nagorno Karabakh: how Russia helped resolve the conflict and took “full control” on the ground

  • Famil Ismailov
  • Editor de BBC News Russia


In Azerbaijan there were celebrations for the end of the conflict. The sentiment was the opposite in Armenia.

Clashes between the two former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region had escalated since late September, and Azerbaijan clearly had the upper hand over Armenia.

The Azerbaijani forces had just taken the city of Shushá (Shushi in Armenian), from where you can see the capital of Karabakh, Stepanakert (Khankendi en azerbaiyano).

There was fierce fighting and heavy casualties, but with strategically placed control of Shusha, the Azerbaijanis would certainly have had the upper hand in the battle for the capital.

With their troops on that high ground, the remaining Armenian forces in Karabakh would have been an easy target for Azerbaijani artillery.

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