44 DAYS OF WAR IN 44 ACTS

44 DAYS OF WAR IN 44 ACTS

The time in Armenia stopped on an early morning at the end of September. For 44 days straight Armenia and Artsakh were in a de facto state of war. Here're the definitive moments of the second Artsakh war. 


September 27

Azerbaijan attacks Artsakh  targeting not only military but also civil areas, including Stepanakert. All sides of the conflict establish a martial law, Azerbaijan also announces a curfew. 

A 9 years old child and an elderly woman killed as a result of the missile bombardment in Martuni city, Artsakh.

France, Russia, US, NATO, CSTO, EU call upon the parties to put an end to the hostilities.


September 28

Armenia informes about an Azerbaijani airplane F-16 of Turkish production downed.

Yerevan indicates that Armenia has no plans to apply to CCSTO in connection with the aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh yet.


September 29

Armenia informs that Azerbaijan shelled Vardenis and that Armenian SU-25 was shot by Azerbaijan. 


October 1

Armenian MoD states that Azerbaijani forces were shelling the territory of Armenia. Azerbaijani UAV is downed in Kotayk Province of Armenia later that night. 


October 3

Ilham Aliyev informs about the capture of Mataghis, as well as Talish, Tartar, and several settlements at Jabrayil.

Stepanakert is again under heavy shelling, Israeli-made cluster bombs, banned under international law.(Confirmed by Amnesty International)


October 4

Artsakh informs that the Defense Army forces had targeted and destroyed the Ganja military airbase, however Azerbaijan denies.

Ilham Aliyev informs about taking the control of Jabrayil city and several other settlements next to it.

Armenian MoD releases footage apparently showing Azerbaijani soldiers leaving Mataghis.

Azerbaijani MoD states that Armenian forces bombarded Mingechaur water reservoir. Both Armenia and Artsakh issued denials.


October 8

Ghazanchetsots Cathedral in Shushi came under repeated bombardment and is seriously damaged.

Ilham Aliyev states that Azerbaijani forces had taken the control over Hadrut.


October 10

Russia- brokered ceasefire

After 10 hours of talks in Moscow the sides of the conflict agree to temporarily stop the military operations however,  the ceasefire was violated almost immediately, each side accusing the other.


October 14

Turkey and Azerbaijan insist on four-way negotiations that would involve Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey


October 18

October France-brokered ceasefire

The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian truce as of October 18th, 00h00 local time. In the early morning, both sides accuse each other of immediately violating the newly agreed ceasefire.

Azerbaijan claimes that they captured Khudaferin bridge and later Fizuli.


October 20

Azerbaijani president states that Azerbaijani forces gained control over Kovsakan (Zangelan). 


October 24

Azerbaijan claims that Lachin district is under their control however, Armenian forces continuously shell the area. Armenia denies the claims and insists that Lachin is under the control of Artsakh. 


October 25

United States-brokered ceasefire

According to the US State Department, official Yerevan and Baku have agreed to establish a humanitarian ceasefire, which will take effect on October 26 at 8 am local time.

Aliev states that Azerbaijani forces had seized control of Kubatlu.


October 26

In the morning, the ceasefire again collapses.

Armenian authorities confirm the loss of Kubatlu and that the Azerbaijani forces had reached the Armenia-Azerbaijan border in the south.


October 27

Artsakh Defense Minister Jalal Harutyunyan is wounded Although, unofficial Azerbaijani military sources alleged that he was killed and released footage of the assassination from drone camera.


October 29

The  President of Artsakh, Arayik Harutyunyan states that the Azerbaijani forces were already 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Shushi city and calls for unification.

A Syrian mercenary fighter is captured by the Artsakh Defense Army.

US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien confirms the involvement of mercenaries by Turkey in Nagorno-Karabakh. He also says they are discussing possible involvement of Scandinavian (Denmark, Sweden, Norway) armed observers ( peacekeepers) in Nagorno-Karabakh.


October 31

Armenia states Azerbaijan was using prohibited phosphorus munitions over Nagorno-Karabakh, setting fires to the forests in the vicinity of settlements. 


November 1

Second Syrina mercenary is captured by the Artsakh Defense Army. 


November 2

The Armenian Davit Bek settlement is also being shelled by Azerbaijan, according to Armenia. 


November 3

The UN finally speaks up calling the events in Artsakh a war crime and urges both parties to step back.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei refers to war, noting the necessity of “the return of the territories occupied by Armenia” and the guarantee by Azerbaijan of the security of the Armenians living there.


November 4

Armenia closes the Shushi-Berdzor road for civilians. 


November 5

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova states that according to the information received, members of international terrorist groups are currently being transferred from the Middle East to the conflict zone. 


November 6

The director of Russia’s foreign intelligence services Sergey Narishkin claims that the service has clear and accurate data on the militants transferred from Syria to Azerbaijan. 


November 8

Ilham Aliev announces the capture of Shushi, which is later consolidated by Turkish officials and the president of Turkey Erdogan himself.

Armenia denies this information, claiming that the battle near Shushi is still ongoing.


November 9

The spokesperson of Artsakh President confirms that the city of Shushi is no longer under the control of the Defense army.

Russia reports about a MI-24 aircraft downed by Azerbaijan on the territory of Armenia, near Yeraskh, killing two crew members. Azerbaijan calls it an accident and offers its apologies.

 

Late at night, Nikol Pashinyan informs that Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan signed a statement on ending the war. Protests begin in Yerevan, heading to the Governmental headquarters.

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