International peace keeping powers have done little or nothing to dissuade Azerbaijan’s advances and the people of Artsakh, forced to rely only on their own resources, are doing everything they can to defend their lives and their homeland, the homeland in which their ancestors have lived and died for thousands of years.
For them, this a matter of survival, as Azeri forces desperately attempt to eradicate or “ethnically cleanse” the 150,000 strong population of Artsakh.
Artsakh gained independence from Azerbaijan after years of war and conflict beginning soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union, of which both countries had been part. After gaining its own independence from the USSR, Armenia has become a guarantor of Artsakh’s security.
A cease-fire was agreed between the countries in 1994, but over the past two decades, Azerbaijan has frequently broken this ceasefire, with frequent (although mostly minor) Azeri attacks and incursions and skirmishes along the border.
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