Yerevan, Armenia – This morning, the Azerbaijani army officially entered Aghdam, which was liberated from occupation after 27 years. Armenia, which was defeated in Nagorno-Karabakh, was shaken by aftershocks, while there were moments of horror when those who wanted Pashinyan’s resignation took to the main streets of Yerevan. What the former head of the Defense Ministry’s military control service said about Turkish UAVs fell like a bomb on the agenda.
A storm is breaking in Armenia, which can last only 44 days in the war in Nagorno-Karabakh and signed the historic agreement of defeat with the fall of Shusha.
In other parts of Nagorno-Karabakh, where Russian peacekeepers have settled at 23 points, Armenian invaders who are supposed to evacuate Agdere tomorrow are being moved.
The Nagorno-Karabakh administration, which no country on earth, not even Armenia, recognized, announced that seven villages in Agdere were handed over to Azerbaijan.
According to the statement, 3,200 families living in other districts of Agdere will be evacuated by tomorrow. Armenian local media reports that villages connected to Agdere have been given a day to move.
Speaking to local media, the occupying Armenians say that they were not helped to move and that everyone had to take care of themselves.
Some of those who leave the villages that will be returned to Azerbaijan migrate to Armenia and some to other villages of Nagorno-Karabakh. The occupants take with them chickens and pigs, as well as some museum pieces.
“The population from the Kelbajar region is coming to Armenia en masse,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zaharova said, noting that the withdrawal of the Armenian army from the Agdam, Kelbajar and Lachin regions continues.
The American Associated Press (AP) news agency provided photos showing not only civilians but also the Armenian military in the region being withdrawn from occupied territory.
Russian media, on the other hand, provided aerial images of the checkpoint established in Shusha, which changed the fate of the war.
A reporter for Russia’s state-run channel Russia Today argued that the Turkish flags hanging in Shusha would disturb Armenians heading to Khankendi.
During the war, those who fled from Khankendi to Armenia return by buses using the Lachin corridor. 2,600 people have been moved so far in convoys escorted by Russian peacekeepers.
Armenia, which was defeated on the front line, announced that the number of its soldiers killed in the war had increased to 2,425. That figure is almost 1,000 more than previously disclosed.
Azerbaijani troops officially entered Aghdam this morning. An image of the armored vehicles heading towards the city, which will be returned today, was posted on social media on Thursday.
Movses Hagopyan, former head of the Defense Ministry’s military control service, said Pashinyan’s wife, Anna Hagopyan, should not interfere in the affairs of the military leadership.
Hagopyan said he was astonished: “as strangers were not allowed into the command centre, I went upstairs to eat, went downstairs and saw Miss Anna sitting in front of the screen where the battle was taking place.
“Miss Anna was sitting and said she was not involved in the matter, she was just observing what was happening on the battlefield.”
“The most modern Russian electronic countermeasure systems Pole-21 were able to balance the activity of Bayraktar UAV/Siha in Karabakh for 4 days, after which it remained dysfunctional,” Hakobyan said about Turkish UAVs.
The pole-21 electronic countermeasure system designed to protect strategic installations against enemy cruise missiles, smart bombs and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) reliant on GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou positioning systems for navigation and guidance. The Russian Army has adopted Pole-21 electronic countermeasures system as electronic warfare system since 2016.
Both a protest and a show of support were held for Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who signed the November 10 agreement with Russia and Azerbaijan.
On Wednesday evening, groups took to the streets in the capital Yerevan for about 300 metres, with slogans rising from both sides.
AP reported that about 7 thousand opponents repeated their call to resign, while about 3 thousand supporters demonstrated for Pashinyan. Local media are reporting that there has been no tension.
Protesters demanding Pashinyan’s resignation took to the streets in the capital Yerevan earlier in the evening and began blocking main streets.
Demonstrators shouting’ Nikol is a traitor ‘ cut off traffic and stopped vehicles passing through the streets with human chains.
A van driver who did not like the street being closed drove his vehicle over the protesters in front of the cameras, screams rose. The horror in broad daylight was recorded by cameras, while police are reportedly investigating after the image spread on social media.
Armenian local media, which says opposition party leaders are not allowed to participate in the protests, say that the demonstrations, which have lasted for days, will continue.
International media also watched the defusing of a white phosphorus bullet fired by the Armenian army in the village of Alhanli, but which did not explode.
International analysts comment that some of the rocket launchers left behind by the Armenians in Fuzuli are similar to those seen in Syria.
The most serious resignation in Armenia after the war was noted by Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. Dec Ayvazyan became the new Foreign Minister. Ayvazyan was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister last month.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin said earlier in the week that it would be ‘suicide’ if Armenia reneged on the defeat deal. Recalling that no one knows Nagorno-Karabakh, including Armenia, Putin said: “the final status of Karabakh has not been determined. We agreed that the status quo that exists today will continue. What happens next will be decided by future leaders, who will be involved in this process in the future,” he said.
According to the agreement that upset Armenia, 1960 Russian peacekeepers are deployed to the lines of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin corridor. Turkey and Russia will also participate together in a peace Observation Center to be established on the territory of Azerbaijan.
Sunday (September 27th) clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh began in the morning with Armenia violating the ceasefire. Nagorno-Karabakh is recognized as part of Azerbaijan by the United Nations (UN) and the international community. However, some areas in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, which accounts for about 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory, have been under Armenian occupation since the early 1990s. The region was declared a ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’ in 1991. But no country, including Armenia, recognized this place internationally.
Nagorno-Karabakh (Upper Karabakh), which covers an area of 4,400 square kilometers in the South Caucasus, has been waiting for a solution for many years as the biggest problem between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The word origin of the’ Nagorno-Karabakh ‘ region consists of a mixture of several different languages. Even a few languages found in its name show how the region has been exposed to the transition between different cultures throughout history.
Nagorny (or Nagorno) in English is Karabakh. The word’ Nagorny ‘means’ mountainous ‘ (нагорный), in Russian. In Azerbaijani, just like in Turkish, it is referred to by the words ‘dağliq’ or ‘yuxarı’, which means ‘mountainous’. Karabakh, on the other hand, is a common word in Turkish and Persian, meaning ‘black garden’.
In a referendum held on December 10, 1991, which was boycotted by Azerbaijanis remaining in the region, Armenians voted to leave Azerbaijan. After the referendum, the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh was declared, but this initiative did not find a response in the international community. Tensions between the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, supported by the Armenian army, and the Azerbaijanis living in the region increased with the declaration of independence. In 1992, the conflict turned into a hot war between the Armenian army and the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Azerbaijani army.
At the end of the war, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh took control of the entire region, as well as occupied seven neighboring regions (Rayons). Thus, the direct contact points of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan were quite limited. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been described in academic circles as a ‘frozen conflict’ for years. Despite the ongoing settlement negotiations at intervals, violations of the mutual ceasefire were repeated frequently, both on the Nagorno-Karabakh-Azerbaijan contact line and on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border.
Half a million refugees took refuge in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and about a million people were forced to relocate. Some towns and villages that existed before the beginning of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were completely abandoned and destroyed. More than 14 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory is still under occupation.