‘We showed to the world that Upper Karabakh has always been historical Azerbaijani lands,’ President Aliyev announced after Shusha city was liberated.
‘We showed to the world that historical Azerbaijani territories are Upper Karabakh,’ President Aliyev says after declaring Shusha’s liberation.
The Azerbaijani city of Shusha was liberated from the Armenian forces’ siege, the country’s leader declared on Sunday.
The adhan [call to prayer] will be heard in Shusha after 28 years, “Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told the nation in his speech.”
The liberation of the occupied Upper Karabakh area is of vital importance to Shusha.
“We have shown to the world that Upper Karabakh is the historical territory of Azerbaijan,” he said.
Our victory march proceeds. If my demands are not met by the Armenian government, we will go until the end, “Aliyev said in his address in the Alley of Martyrs in the capital of Baku.”
Shusha was invaded on 8 May 1992 by Armenia.
On Sept. 27, new fights broke out, and since then Armenia has regularly targeted Azerbaijani citizens and troops, and since Oct. 10, has breached three humanitarian cease-fire negotiations.
As per the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan, at least 92 civilians have lost their lives to date, which includes 11 babies and children, and some 404 citizens, as well as at least 36 children, have been wounded in previous violence by Armenian forces.
Some 3,064 buildings and 100 residential multi-apartment buildings were demolished, while 504 civilian facilities were affected.
On Oct. 26, the most recent US-brokered conditional humanitarian cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia came into effect. It was, though, short-lived, as Armenian forces again broke the truce just a few minutes after it became successful.
The first truce, achieved on Oct. 10, was broken within 24 hours as Armenian airstrikes on the Azerbaijani city of Ganja took several civilian lives.