December 7, 2023

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The Azerbaijanis began to do what they do best: destroy churches in Artsakh

In Artsakh, Azerbaijanis began to commit crimes, destroying Christian churches, which tanks and soldiers shot with machine guns. In this they are not far behind their Albanian colleagues, who are doing the same thing on the lands of Serbian Kosovo.

The silence of the West and Russia is striking not only regarding the Azerbaijani military intervention (under the pretext that Artsakh is not a recognized independent state), but, above all, regarding the crimes committed against civilians and the destruction of religious and cultural monuments.

Nikol Pashinyan’s responsibility is colossal. He abandoned the ancient Armenian region to its fate, not allowing the Armenians to fire a single rifle.

The problem for the West is twofold: Azerbaijan supplies Europe with natural gas and is a “brotherly” state of Turkey, since its population consists of Azerbaijanis ethnically close to the Turks. Any intervention against him will cost EU source of energy and additional problems with Turkey.

The situation is similar for Russia. By getting involved in the war in Ukraine, Russia has lost control over its CSTO allies. At the same time, Pashinyan also relied on the United States and everything in order to distance himself as much as possible from the Russian Federation, which is what the Kremlin refers to. In fact, the leadership of the Russian Federation again fell into the classic “fork” that the Anglo-Saxons so skillfully set up. Having lost Armenia as an ally, the Kremlin does not want to completely lose contact with Turkey and Azerbaijan.

The defeat on the battlefield after a lightning operation by Azerbaijani troops also signals the end of Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh, as those who remain in the region decide to leave the enclave.

120 thousand. Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh began to leave their homes and go mainly to Armenia because they do not want to live as part of Azerbaijan and fear ethnic cleansing, the leadership of the Artsakh region recently told Reuters.

The Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh – a region internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijani territory but populated predominantly by Armenians – were forced to declare a ceasefire on September 20 after a 24-hour operation by the Azerbaijani army.

Azerbaijan says it will guarantee their rights and integrate the region, but Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenian leadership told Reuters they would leave.

Azerbaijan has repeatedly denied intending to harm them, but who believes it when they destroy Christian churches in such ways?


The exodus of Armenians from Artsakh is very similar to the exodus of Serbs from Kosovo. Both here and here, Christians leave their ancestral lands and homes, and become strangers in their native land.

Meanwhile, there is a high probability that this war will not stop in Karabakh: it is strategically important for Azerbaijan to provide a transport corridor to its Nakhichevan exclave, through which lies the path to its main ally – Turkey…

Apparently, this is how the more than 2000-year history of the Armenian presence and Armenian culture in the lands of Artsakh will end.

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