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Shusha Remains Out Of Reach But Azerbaijan Keeps Pushing From All Sides

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Shusha Remains Out Of Reach But Azerbaijan Keeps Pushing From All Sides

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On November 9th, the Armenian forces reportedly struck and “destroyed” an Azerbaijani group near the village of Karin-Tak.

The Azeri side suffered heavy losses, according to Representative of the MoD of Armenia, Artsrun Hovhannisyan. A video would presumably be available at some point.

“In addition to Shushi, battles are held in other areas. Artsakh Defense Army threw back the opponent during their attempt to attack in the directions of Martuni, Martakert and Tagavard. Heavy battles are happening in all directions,” Hovhannisyan said.

A video was released showing the attitude of Azerbaijan’s forces towards the local population in Nagorno-Karabakh and the attitude towards the Orthodox Christians.

On the video below, Azerbaijani soldiers break the bell from the cross and say:

“I will hang it on the chest of your (Armenian) mother. If mom is dead, then I will hang it on your wife, on your daughter. “

On November 8th, Azerbaijan pushed Shusha heavily, but were reportedly unable to make any progress on the city.

Backed by heavy artillery and attack drones, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces stormed the positions of the Artsakh Defense Army at the southwestern part of Shusha, in an attempt to crack the defense line.

Regardless, Azerbaijan released videos of Armenian equipment being destroyed in the area around Shusha.

On the night of November 8-9, a mortar crew of the 10th mountain rifle division of the Armenian armed forces deployed to the firing point in Ulu Garabey (formerly Metshen) settlement of the Terter region fired at the positions of the Azerbaijan Army. Our units destroyed the mortar and its crew at that firing point with a precise strike.

Shusha may be uncaptured, but some other positions were withdrawn from by Armenia.

These include positions and villages near Khojavend.

A high-ranking Armenian official was also presumably killed in an Azerbaijani strike in the Khojavend area.

To likely coordinate future actions, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev the received Turkish Foreign Minister and Minister of National Defense.

“As you know, it is a very important day for our people today, it is a historic day. Today is the day of the liberation of Shusha. It is particularly important that you are with us on such a day. This is yet another example of brotherhood, yet another manifestation of brotherhood. As always, we are together in both good days and difficult times. This event once again shows how close our peoples are to each other, how close Turkey and Azerbaijan are to each other,” he greeted them entirely falsely, since Shusha hasn’t been captured.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was also quite vocal in supporting Azerbaijan’s efforts, not that it was any secret, to begin with.

“Thank you very much for receiving us, Mr. President. We are always very pleased to be in Baku and to meet with you. But we are particularly pleased today because the heroic Azerbaijani Army under the leadership of its Commander-in-Chief, Your Excellency, has recaptured the ancient city of Shusha from Armenian occupiers. Thus, we heartily congratulate the heroic Azerbaijani Army, you as the Commander-in-Chief and the fraternal people of Azerbaijan, who stand behind the Commander-in-Chief and his heroic army on these difficult days, especially in the face of the missiles fired by Armenia.”

On November 9th, more announcements were made.

The operation to destroy the surrounded enemy forces in the Shusha direction continued. On November 9, our attack UAVs destroyed one tank and one IFV (infantry fighting vehicle) of the Armenian armed forces, which attempted to attack our units in order to break out of the encirclement near the village of Zarisli on the Lachin-Shusha road. We present video footage reflecting these moments.

President Aliyev also published a list of new villages that were reportedly captured.

There is also a version in English:

Shusha Remains Out Of Reach But Azerbaijan Keeps Pushing From All Sides

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