Pashinyan In “Self-Isolation” As Azerbaijan Largely Does As It Pleases In Karabakh

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On January 6th, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan didn’t attend the Holy Liturgy in honor of the feast of the Epiphany and the Nativity of Christ in the Cathedral Church of Surb Lusavorich.

His press secretary, Mane Gevorgyan said that Pashinyan was in “self-isolation” due to the epidemiological situation.

This is an easy way to continue refusing to take any responsibility for his failures, and remain in power, leading the country from his basement and via Facebook.

On the same day, Pashinyan released an opinion piece titled “The Origins of the 44-day War.”

“In fact, this part of the story treats of the reasons and factors behind the 44-day war. But, of course, it is also important to talk about the course of the war, the chances of victory and the reasons for the defeat, the signing of the statement of November 9, post-war events and, most importantly, the future of Armenia and Artsakh.

I will touch on these topics as needed. If it turns out that an article is still an acceptable genre for our society, perhaps I will do so in the form of articles. Time will tell.

I also realize that this article may be frustrating for anyone who is tired of discussing the past and wants to see the future. But conversations like this about the recent and not-so-close past are important to start an in-depth discussion about the future.”

This is what Pashinyan had to say as a conclusion to an article that almost entirely blamed past leadership mistakes for the failure of Armenia to mount any effective offensive against Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan is beginning to improve the infrastructure of the regions that came under its control.

According to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, an international airport will be built on the territory of Varanda by his order in the occupied Hadrut region of the Republic of Artsakh. It is assumed that it will be on the site of the former airport of the Soviet period.

Aliyev also stated that “despite the existing Varanda-Shusha road, they can also use the Akna-Stepanakert-Berdzor road at any time, since it is open for them.”

Azerbaijan is building a fortified area at the exit from Karintak

The photo below was taken from Shusha.

It shows a crossroads at the exit from Karintak, where the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have begun construction of an entire fortified area.

According to the military correspondent Semyon Pegov, in Stepanakert reported that a large convoy of construction equipment entered Shushi a few days ago on the way from the Red Bazaar to Shushi.

Pashinyan In "Self-Isolation" As Azerbaijan Largely Does As It Pleases In Karabakh

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At the same time, there appear to be issues in the demarcation of borders.

“12 houses in the border village of Shurnukh in Syunik province are coming under the control of Azerbaijan,” Syunik deputy governor Narek Babayan said.

Babayan said the residents of one of the 12 homes have evacuated due to security reasons. The houses are situated below an interstate road running along the state border between the two countries.

According to the deputy governor, the government will provide compensation to all the families that have been left homeless. He said some of the families are currently living with their relatives in the towns of Goris and Kapan in Syunik, while most of them have remained in Shurnukh.

Babayan also revealed that no pasture or arable land in Shurnukh will be coming under Azerbaijan’s control.

Pashinyan In "Self-Isolation" As Azerbaijan Largely Does As It Pleases In Karabakh

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– On January 5, the ongoing demarcation of the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia forced residents of Shurnuk village with the houses on the Azerbaijani side of the border to abandon their houses
– On January 5, bodies of 19 servicemen and 1 civilian killed in Karabakh were found, according to the State Service of Emergency Situations of Artsakh
– As of January 6, 1175 bodies have been retrieved from the battle zone, according to the State Service of Emergency Situations of Artsakh

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