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‘We can’t trust them’

- Military · Politics · Warfare and Conflicts · World Politics · Stepanakert · Azerbaijan · Baku · Ganja

“Our coun­try is ready to re­spect the cease­fire but the oth­ers will not... We can’t trust them,” Sveta Pet­rosyan, a 65 year old with two sons at the front, told AFP out­side her apart­ment.

Stepanaker­t has come un­der

Aliyev de­scribed the Ganja at­tack as a war crime and vowed his army would ‘take re­venge on the bat­tle­field’.

In Azer­bai­jan’s front­line town of Terter, res­i­dents told AFP there had been some shelling around mid­day but that Sun­day was the qui­etest it had been in sev­eral days.

“I don’t know if the cease­fire will last and I don’t care,” said El­shad Reza­yev (35). “They killed our women and chil­dren. All I want to do is pick up a gun and go fight them so that this is fin­ished for­ever.”

The clashes over Karabakh that erupted on Septem­ber 27 have left more than 700 dead, in­clud­ing scores of civil­ians on both sides.

The real death toll is prob­a­bly much higher, as most of the deaths have been re­ported among Ar­me­nian sep­a­ratist forces and Azer­bai­jan has not re­leased any fig­ures on its mil­i­tary ca­su­al­ties.

Azer­bai­jan says it has re­taken sig­nif­i­cant ter­ri­tory in ar­eas along the front­line, in­clud­ing two re­gional cen­tres - Jabrayil and Fizuli - in a no-man’s land split­ting Nagorno-Karabakh proper from ter­ri­tory un­der Azer­bai­jani con­trol. It also claims to have taken sev­eral ar­eas of strate­gic high ground.

An­a­lysts say its gains may be enough for Baku to de­clare a halt to the fight­ing ahead of win­ter.

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