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Armenian forces have repulsed numerous attacks by the Azerbaijani side on the city of Shusha in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Armenian side reported on November 7 morning.
“Stubborn and intense battles took place at night on the Shushi-Karintak sector. The army units of Karabakh successfully stopped numerous attacks of the enemy, who suffered heavy losses in manpower,” the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Ministry said.
Nonetheless, these attacks did not put an end to Azerbaijani-Turkish attempts to capture the town. They once again tried to enter Shusha in the second half of the day, and according to Armenian and Azerbaijani sources, at least one Azerbaijani unit reached the town engaging the Armenians there in an intense fighting. However, this attack was also reportedly repelled. After this, the Armenian military reported about ‘successes’ south of Shusha. The town, according to Armenia, remains in the hands of its forces, but Azerbaijan carried out intense strikes on it. Journalists are not allowed to operate there.
At the same time, Yerevan admits that the situation in the area of Martuni remains very complicated.
Azerbaijan shows another video from the captured areas (Hacılı village, Jabrayil district):
Azerbaijani strikes on Armenian forces:
The Armenian Defense Ministry also claimed that Azerbaijan has suffered 105 casualties and lost 5 UAVs and 13 armoured vehicles since yesterday.
Since the last update the new losses of #Azerbaijan are: 5 UAVs, 13 armored vehicles, 105 casualties
По последним данным о потерях противника были поражены еще 5 БПЛА, 13 единиц бронетехники, есть 105 погибших. pic.twitter.com/qLh27eo976
— Armenian Unified Infocenter (@ArmenianUnified) November 7, 2020
Infographic pieces below show how Armenian claims about the Azerbaijani losses have evolved since the start of the war:
Even if Armenian forces have repelled the current Azerbaijani attack on Shusha, the crisis in the area is not resolved. The Azerbaijani-Turkish bloc has fire control of a large part of the Lachin- husha highway. It is not entirely clear what parts of the highway Azerbaijani forces control directly, it is apparent that it cannot be used as a permanent supply line for Armenian troops in Shusha.
At the same time the deterioration weather conditions undermined the scale of air support that Azerbaijani troops receive. Also, Baku experiences serious difficulties with deploying heavy military equipment in the area due to the terrain and their lack of control of proper roads there. These factors create conditions for counter-attacks by dedicated and motivated Armenian units armed with mortars and ATGMs and supported by artillery.
The main fighting is in fact ongoing for heights near Martuni and Shushi. The side that would control these heights will in the future be able to control these towns.
MORE ON THE TOPIC:
- Armenian-Azerbaijani War: Military Situation In Nagorno-Karabakh On November 7, 2020
- Fate Of Armenian-Azerbaijani War Is Being Decided In Battle Of Shusha