Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev says his country’s forces captured the town of Shusha in #Nagorno-Karabakh, in what would be a major strategic victory over the region’s #Armenian separatists
Azerbaijan leader wants Armenia to withdraw its troops.Ilham Aliyev.
Three efforts of ceasefire turn futile peace not at sight. President call war to continue. Region is part of Azerbaijan.
President Ilham Aliyev said “Shusha is ours Karabakh is ours,” using the Azerbaijani version of the city’s name.
Shushi is of significant military value because it sits on heights about 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of the region’s capital and lies along the main road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.
Nagorno-Karabakh is within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since 1994. The latest outbreak of fighting started on Sept. 27 and has left hundreds if not thousands dead.
Aliyev vowed to continue the fighting until Armenia withdraws from the territory.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has announced that “Shusha is now free” after “28 years of occupation” by Armenia. Shusha is a city in the occupied Karabakh region