Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev announced on October 14 that his troops had captured eight new villages in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenian forces.
“Azerbaijan’s glorious Army has liberated Garadaghli, Khatunbulag, Garakollu villages of Fuzuli district, and Bulutan, Melikjanli, Kemertuk, Teke and Tagaser villages of Khojavend district. Long live Azerbaijan’s Army! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” Aliyev wrote on Twitter.
A few days ago Azerbaijan agreed to implement a humanitarian ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh following direct talks with Armenia in the Russian capital, Moscow.
Azerbaijani forces’ new advance in the region is the most recent in a series of military moves by Baku. Early on today, Azerbaijani forces struck tactical missile systems inside Armenia territory. Yerevan vowed to respond.
Despite the recent military developments, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stressed in a recent speech that his country is still committed to a peaceful settlement for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“Committed to the logic of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, I would like to emphasize that we will be highly constructive in making our diplomatic efforts effective,” he said, “However, so far these efforts have not been enough to defy the Turkish-Azerbaijani terrorist bloc, because the task that they have set is not only to resolve the Karabakh issue, but also to continue the traditional Turkish genocidal policy against our people.”
Despite the repeated calls for a peaceful settlement, Azerbaijan appears to be determined go on with its offensive on Nagorno-Karabakh. The offensive, that was launched on September 27, has so far claimed the lives of hundreds from both sides.
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