Tons of of Azerbaijani troopers have paraded by way of the capital metropolis of the Karabakh area that got here underneath full management of Azerbaijan in September after a lightning rout of ethnic Armenian forces
ByThe Related Press
November 8, 2023, 2:51 PM
Tons of of Azerbaijani troopers paraded Wednesday by way of Khankendi, the capital metropolis of the Karabakh area that got here underneath full management of Azerbaijan in September after a lightning rout of ethnic Armenian forces.
“We confirmed the entire world the energy, dedication and indomitable spirit of the Azerbaijani individuals,” Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev mentioned in an deal with on the parade, which additionally included tanks and army tools that was seized from Armenian forces.
Khankendi, which Armenians known as Stepanakert, was the headquarters of the self-declared separatist authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh. The area and sizable surrounding territory got here underneath management of ethnic Armenians on the 1994 finish of a separatist warfare.
However Azerbaijan regained components of Nagorno-Karabakh and many of the surrounding territory in 2020 after a six-week warfare. That combating ended with a Russia-brokered truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia that known as for Russian peacekeeping forces to be deployed within the Khankendi space and to make sure open transit alongside a street connecting the town with Armenia.
Nevertheless, Azerbaijan started blockading that street final winter, resulting in extreme food and medication shortages within the Armenian-held space. Then in September, it launched a blitz that compelled the separatist forces to disband.
Greater than 100,000 ethnic Armenians fled the area within the following days, leaving the town practically abandoned.
The parade marked Azerbaijan’s Victory Day, a vacation that commemorates the retaking of territory in 2020.