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Azerbaijan Carries Out Intense Strikes On Armenian Hydropower Plant, Nagorno-Karabakh Capital

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Azerbaijan Carries Out Intense Strikes On Armenian Hydropower Plant, Nagorno-Karabakh Capital

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On October 2nd, Azerbaijani forces allegedly attacked a hydropower in the north of Armenia’s Kashatagh region.

This goes in violation of customary international law principles, which are reflected in Articles 48 and 52 of Protocol I additional to the Geneva Conventions.

Another video was released showing Azerbaijani shelling on the city of Stepanakert.

Another video showed Azerbaijani forward position defeated by the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) army.

The air defense of the Artsakh Armed Forces hit the enemy aircraft in the southern direction at 12:15, and in the northern direction in the period from 12:07 to 12:10, two drones.

Battles are being fought in different directions of the front, manpower and armored vehicles of the enemy, in particular tanks, have been destroyed, said Ministry of Defense spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan.

An Azerbaijan T-90S battle tank was also captured.

Azerbaijan Carries Out Intense Strikes On Armenian Hydropower Plant, Nagorno-Karabakh Capital

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Azerbaijan Carries Out Intense Strikes On Armenian Hydropower Plant, Nagorno-Karabakh Capital

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Meanwhile, there appears to be no end in sight, various countries called to a ceasefire and an end to hostilities, but both Armenia and Azerbaijan have refused such a course of action.

Moscow said Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had called for a “complete” halt to fighting in Karabakh and said they were ready to intensify diplomatic efforts to help solve the conflict.

“Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron called on the warring sides to halt fire completely and as soon as possible, de-escalate tensions and show maximum restraint,” the Kremlin said.

In a telephone call, the two leaders expressed “readiness” to see a statement made on behalf of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group — Russia, France and the US — that would call for an “immediate” end to fighting and start of talks, it added.

In separate phone conversations with his counterparts from both ex-Soviet countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed Moscow’s “readiness” to organise a meeting.

But neither leader showed signs of being ready for talks.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev promised his military would keep fighting until Armenian troops withdraw fully from Karabakh.

If “the Armenian government fulfils the demand, fighting and bloodshed will end, and peace will be established in the region,” he said while visiting wounded soldiers.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said it was not “very appropriate” to speak of negotiations “at a time of intensive hostilities”.

In the Armenian capital Yerevan, dozens of men gathered outside a recruitment office to join the fight.

“We must act to defend our homeland against the aggressor,” said Kamo, a 32-year-old factory worker. “This is our land. We will die before we abandon it.”

There are worries that the war could escalate to be even more all-encompassing.

“We are definitely very close to seeing a large-scale war, possibly even on a regional scale,” said Olesya Vartanyan of the International Crisis Group.

Karabakh’s declaration of independence from Azerbaijan sparked a war in the early 1990s that claimed 30,000 lives, but it is still not recognised as independent by any country, including Armenia.

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