Azerbaijan

Grand celebrations as Shusha is liberated by Azerbaijani forces

By | Rachel Brooks

November 8, 2020 

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The city of Shusha, considered by Azerbaijani to be the cradle of their culture, has been met with great celebration. The liberation of Shusha is a strategic turning point in the war for the Nagorno-Karabakh. Commentators look toward this event with hope, as the future of Azerbaijan blossoms from the reconstruction of Shusha. 

From the civilian to the presidential cabinet, Azerbaijan sings with the liberation of Shusha. 

I am fortunate to have fulfilled a father’s will. We liberated Shusha! This is a great victory! Today may the soul of the National Leader and our martyrs be praised! I felicitate you, Azerbaijan!” tweeted Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. 

It’s no coincidence that the announcement of Shusha’s liberation is made here, at the Alley of Martyrs. We are liberating our lands from occupiers through the sacrifices by our people, soldiers and officers. Today, I bow once again before the souls of our martyrs.”

Aliyev’s announcement was also echoed by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense. 

“The Armenian side is spreading misinformation about the restoration of control over #Shusha in order to hide its failure in the battles for #Shusha and to calm down its society.

We declare that the #Azerbaijan Army completely controls the city of #Shusha,” tweeted Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense. 

 

Veterans of the Second World War were also seen celebrating the victory, walking the streets of Azerbaijan’s city waving the republic’s flag. 

 

 

 

Giant Azerbaijani flags were marched through the streets, as the revival of the people’s spirit came with the announcement. Karabakh Daily celebrated the turn of events for all races, religions, and ethnicities.

 

 

Presiding over the celebration of the liberation of Shusha was the story of Albert Agarunov. Agarunov was one of the final defenders of Shusha during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 1988-1994. Armenia occupied Shusha on May 9, 1992. Agarunov defended the stronghold to the end, a fact that swelled in the spirit of the Azerbaijani people as the city was delivered. The people felt his spirit in every celebration. As the Azerbaijani and Turkish flags had risen in the Shusha castle, Agarunov’s soul was felt. 

 

Flags were hung in the Christian churches of Shusha, as Azerbaijani of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish heritage were brought back to the cultural cradle of Shusha. 

 

That diversity was expressed in the crowd as an African man was seen taking photos and shouting along with the victory celebration. Many others were draped in the flag, taking photos of the beloved city, as marching bands came to play. 

The future of Azerbaijan appears secure, as with the taking of Shusha, Armenia is losing all formal control of the Nagorno-Karabakh. As tactical regions are taken back into Azerbaijani control, Armenia has all but lost the campaign to control the territory. 

As key territories of the Nagorno-Karabakh region return to Azerbaijani control, the odds of long time diplomatic resolution are more favorable. A stable Azerbaijan territory back in the republic’s control paves the way  for greater stability in the Caucasus region.