In Nagorno-Karabakh, Martuni was almost completely destroyed due to active hostilities. This became known after the statement of the mayor of the city Edik Avanesyan, reports RIA News Sunday 22 November
According to him, about 70-80 percent of buildings were “badly damaged” and were damaged by shrapnel during shelling. “Kindergartens, houses and schools have been damaged,” he said. There are also eight affected cities and settlements in the region, Avanesyan added.
He said that more than 6 thousand people used to live in the city itself, but now about a thousand came back. “At the time of the active phase of the war, about 400 people remained in the city,” concluded Mayor Martuni.
In September of this year, another aggravation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh took place. During the fighting, the Azerbaijani army occupied part of the territories, including the city of Shushi. On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on the complete cessation of hostilities. According to the document, the belligerents remain in their positions. In addition, three regions will be transferred under the control of Azerbaijan by December 1. Russian peacekeepers will also operate in the region.
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, inhabited mainly by Armenians, declared independence from Azerbaijan, which tried to return the territories by force. As a result, the war began. In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) signed a truce, which was periodically interrupted, and hostilities and provocations began.