'Restoration ruins': Azerbaijan begins Karabakh conquests

They conquered the withered vineyards and left behind the burnt corpses of the tanks so that the Azerbaijani flag could be hoisted’ on a barren hill on the edge of Nagorno Karabakh.

 

'Restoration ruins': Azerbaijan begins Karabakh conquests

Fighting erupted three weeks ago between ethnic Armenian Christians and Muslim Azerbaijan over blood-curdling tensions in the mountains, both of which are part of their homeland.

 

Azerbaijan has spent a few days accelerating its military successes, which have fueled the military's move.

 

"If they do not leave, we will pursue them like dogs," President Ilham Aliyev said on the occasion of a new ceasefire on Sunday. Both sides accused the other of breaking up immediately.

 

- 'Fight to the last drop of blood'.

On Twitter, Aliyev lists cities that were recaptured’ by his troops for the first time since the end of the 1994 war in which 30,000 people were killed and left the area - Azerbaijanis. Horror - In the hands of separatists.

 

One of these cities is Jabrayil.

 

Yet it is not uncommon for him to be trapped’ in Azerbaijan's occupied territories by dividing Nagorno-Karabakh into an unjust territory, but no trace of him remains.

 

The valley descending down the hill with the flag contains a few sketches of suspicious bushes and brick walls that have been blown up’ by rival forces for generations.

 

- 'Fight to the last drop of blood'.

 

Gabriel's solitary structure is a mountain-like monument equipped with moving canals erected by Russia to promote "friendship and inter-ethnic peace."

 

A soldier in a machine gun climbed to hoist the Azerbaijani flag after a group of reporters gained access to a tightly controlled press tour on recaptured lands.

 

"Our enemy must know that Azerbaijani soldiers will fight for their last drop of blood to protect their motherland - and will sacrifice their lives if necessary."

 

"As we liberate our occupied territories one by one, we are getting discouraged, and we are getting closer to a great victory."

 

That Aliyev's army wanted to show its hold on the uninhabited hill that had left behind the trauma of Azerbaijan's 1988-1994 war.

 

It ended with Azerbaijan losing both Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas, such as Gabriel and the nearby district of Fuzuli, along the Iranian border.

 

They provide access to the southern gates of Nagorno-Karabakh and its capital, Stepanakert.

 

- Heaps of bricks -

 

Azerbaijan is trying to retake the region beyond its southern and northern regions.

 

Most of its military successes have come in the border area of ​​the conflict zone.

 

The exchange of mortar and artillery fire at the northern tip around Tartar is almost disputed’ and residents have to spend most of their time sheltering in the basement.

 

But in exhaustion, the Azerbaijani men raised their fists in victory and easily spotted smoking on the country's road to Gabriel.

 

Tank guns and artillery pieces were still trained’ in the mountains, but the soldiers who handled them sat around the campfire or wasted time in the fields.

 

Wooden sticks are tied’ to dry fields that once hold the foot of a lush grape behind them.

 

Stacks of bricks above the shoulders suggested the shape of houses that once paved the road.

 

Habilov was struggling to remember the last time someone lived in these valleys or how many people called Gabriel their home.

 

There are camps on the front lines of Azerbaijan for families who have been forced’ to leave.

 

"We have recaptured the ruins," Habilov told reporters before sunset in the Caucasus Mountains.

 

"But we are also claiming our territorial integrity," he said.

 

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