Residents of a northeastern Karabakh village were awakened from their sleep on the night of April 2 to face a new reality: the dark sky was lit up by Azeri shells, which turned into a downpour within seconds causing vast devastation to the peaceful community.
Any solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict suggested during negotiations will be incomplete without full participation of Artsakh, announced the unrecognized republic’s President Bako Sahakyan late on Thursday.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan raised the issue of Russian deliveries of armaments to Azerbaijan, saying that they were “fully used” in the latest outbreak of violence in the Karabakh conflict zone, as he received Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev late on Thursday.
Despite occasional gunfire and violations at the line of contact and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the military and politicians agree that the ceasefire arrangement reached in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone on April 5, after several days of deadly fighting, is largely holding. Active processes are now taking place in the diplomatic arena.
Hayk Torosyan, a 19-year-old-conscript of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army, is one of the 121 soldiers who got wounded during four-day hostilities at the line of contact with Azerbaijan.
Practically all elements of a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement are “on the table”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his Azerbaijani and Iranian counterparts in Baku on Thursday.