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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Azerbaijan Claims Capture of Key Nagorno-Karabakh Town, Armenia Denies

Azerbaijan has captured the mountaintop town of Shusha in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev last Nov. 8, but Armenia denies the claim.

Azerbaijan has captured the mountaintop town of Shusha in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev last Nov. 8, but Armenia denies the claim.

In a televised address, Aliyev announced, “We have won this victory on the battlefield, not at the negotiating table.”

“There is no force in the world that can stop us,” Aliyev also said.

However, Armenian Defense Ministry officials, as well as Nagorno-Karabakh administration officials, denied Aliyev’s claim and said that the fighting in the town, which is known as Shushi in Armenian, continues.

“Fighting is going on in the nearby city of Shushi. Wait for official information, refrain from assessments,” Armenian Defense Ministry Official Artsrun Hovhannisyan stated in a tweet.

“Shushi remains an unattainable pipe dream for Azerbaijan. Despite heavy destruction, the fortress city withstands the blows of the enemy,” the Nagorno-Karabakh Rescue Service said.

Before Aliyev’s announcement, Armenian Defense Ministry Press Secretary Shushan Stepanyan stated in a tweet that the “most ferocious combat” took place in the the vicinity of Shusha with the destruction of a large number of military vehicles.

Shusha overlooks the capital of Stepanakert and is located on the main road called Lachin Corridor, which connects the disputed region with Armenia.

Shusha is the second biggest settlement in the disputed region.

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