Complete devastation. Pathetic slums. Indescribable chaos. The collapsed, completely or partially, the skeletons of houses, in which there are no roofs for more than a quarter of a century. On the lonely towering remnants of the disfigured walls, traces of shell explosions and machine-gun bursts left here in the 1990s by armed Dashnaks, who forcibly expelled hundreds of thousands of peaceful Azerbaijani families from historical Azerbaijani lands, are still clearly visible. Today these are the territories of Azerbaijan, which are officially recognized at the international level, occupied by Armenia.
But some three decades ago, life was raging here. Carefree children played catch-up and hide-and-seek. The first graders chirped incessantly with each other during school breaks. Old-time trees still remember the ringing laughter of Soviet children. Representatives of various nationalities erected new buildings, hospitals, and cultural centers here. New highways were laid. Interethnic weddings were played here – a declaration of love carved with a penknife has been preserved on a century-old plane tree.
And then, at the end of the last century, trouble came here. The undeclared, treacherous war did not regret and mutilated millions of human destinies. Hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons shared the sad fate of the Azerbaijani refugees expelled from neighboring Armenia in the late 1980s. And for three decades now, more than a million Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced persons have been patiently waiting for justice from the world community. Born into the world with refugee status, their children and grandchildren look forward to returning to the homes of their grandparents. The abandoned graves of ancestors longingly await the day when they will be put in order.
Complete devastation. Pathetic slums. Indescribable chaos. The collapsed, completely or partially, the skeletons of houses, in which there are no roofs for more than a quarter of a century. The complete absence of any infrastructure. Such a post-apocalyptic picture meets today Azerbaijani soldiers-liberators in the absolute majority of villages that have been in enemy captivity for many years. And although the Armenian separatists are trying to convince the entire progressive world that these are their territories, the reality proves the opposite: the indigenous peoples are developing and ennobling their native lands. The Armenian occupiers in the occupied lands left the Azerbaijani settlements to self-destruct.
For many years, official Baku has been patiently conducting peace-loving diplomacy with the aim of returning the occupied territories to itself. Azerbaijan invites aggressor Armenia to show constructivism in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But, alas, in Yerevan they do not even think to listen to the voice of reason. Moreover, the new Armenian leadership did everything to nullify the decades-old efforts to peacefully resolve the Karabakh problem. The repeated provocations from Yerevan overflowed the patience of the Azerbaijani people, which, led by Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, took decisive action to restore historical justice.
Today, the National Army of Azerbaijan is successfully conducting a counter-offensive operation to liberate the territories occupied by Armenia. During the month that has elapsed since the beginning of hostilities, the enemy has suffered heavy losses.
On Monday, October 26, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that since the beginning of the liberation operation, the Azerbaijani Army has destroyed 252 enemy tanks, 50 infantry fighting vehicles (infantry fighting vehicles), 251 guns of various calibers, 61 mortars, 53 anti-tank weapons, 83 Grad MLRS, 2 Hurricane systems, 2 MLRS installations, 1 TOS installation, 4 TOR air defense systems, about 40 Osa air defense systems, 4 Krug air defense systems, 1 Cube air defense missile system, 2 S-125 air defense systems, 6 installations S-300, 1 means of detection, 1 locator, 2 OTRK “Elbrus”, 1 OTRK “Tochka-U”, 231 trucks (20 of them with ammunition). 53 Armenian tanks, 29 infantry fighting vehicles, 24 guns, 45 mortars, 173 trucks were taken as trophies.
Since September 27, the Azerbaijani armed forces have liberated 173 settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent regions, including four cities – Jabrail, Fizuli, Zangilan and Gubadli.
Despite the successes on the battlefield, Baku remains committed to the peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. And today, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev calls on Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to show wisdom and withdraw, in order to avoid senseless bloodshed, the occupying Armenian armed forces from all Azerbaijani lands and solve the problem through diplomatic and political means.
The Armenian leadership, in turn, suffering heavy defeats on the battlefield, is bombarding peaceful cities and regions of Azerbaijan with heavy artillery shells using ballistic missiles, violating the 1949 Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Population during the Conduct of Hostilities. These war crimes against humanity have caused the deaths of 65 civilians, including children, women and the elderly. About 300 civilians were injured of varying severity. The result of two artillery attacks on October 11 and 17 on the second largest city of Azerbaijan, Ganja, located at a great distance from the combat zone itself, that is, far from the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, killed 25 and injured more than 80 civilians, including women and children.
Yerevan ignored the three humanitarian ceasefire agreements reached with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair states, continuing to attack the Azerbaijani military positions and peaceful cities. Prime Minister Pashinyan is ready to sacrifice today in order to achieve the mythical idea of creating a “great Armenia from sea to sea” with the lives of Armenian old people and children who are called upon in Yerevan to stand under arms. Moreover, women’s battalions are being formed in the neighboring country, which are also preparing to transfer them to the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
With a public debt of $ 8 billion, which accounts for more than 60% of the country’s GDP, Armenia continues to receive military equipment from abroad for free. President Ilham Aliyev once again focused the attention of the world community on this, stressing that some international circles, instead of putting pressure on the aggressor country and urging it to prudence and the withdrawal of their occupying troops from the territory of another state, on the contrary, are doing everything to to support her terrorist intentions to seize and hold foreign lands.
P.S.- On the century-old plane tree, which stands in the Azerbaijani village liberated from the Armenian occupation in October 2020, a declaration of love carved with a penknife has been preserved. An interethnic wedding was once played here. Today the same married couple is preparing to return together with their children and grandchildren to their home, which has neither a roof nor windows. Consisting of dilapidated walls. Return to rebuild and breathe life into your own fatherly hearth.