Azerbaijani CBC television channel publishes images of one of the positions of the Armed Forces of Armenia in the Fizuli region, which came under the control of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan.
* The Armenian Defense Ministry publishes aerial images showing the damaged military equipment from the neighboring side, as well as the dead soldiers of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
*As a result of the Azerbaijani army’s bombardments in Stepanakert, at least 3 civilians were killed.
*You have to see from a body camera fighting on the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh 21+
*Azerbaijani Soldier Corpse +21
— Anoncandanga V (@candanga_anon) November 6, 2020
*Losses of the Armed Forces of Armenia +21
Nov. 6: what you need to know today
-“The war in Karabakh may be moving towards a potentially bloody battle for the city of Shusha,” Caucasus expert Thomas de Waal reported late Thursday evening. Officials in Artsakh — the Armenian name for the region and de facto state — claimed three civilians had been killed overnight in shelling on both Shusha and the region’s capital Stepanakert.
Shusha is Nagorno-Karabakh’s second largest city, dubbed an “unassailable mountain fortress,” by Radio Free Europe. A week ago, Armenian-backed authorities of the de facto state said Azerbaijani forces had advanced to within five miles of the city.
Military analyst Rob Lee geolocated fights earlier this week to within 1.5 miles, but pinpointing live positions of forces is exceptionally difficult, mapping expert Ryan O’Farrell wrote for Eurasianet.
Like many of the settlements Azerbaijan is now trying to recapture, the city was controlled by Azerbaijan prior to the 1988-94 conflict. During that war it fell under Armenian control when Azerbaijani forces “abandoned” their positions in the “cliff-top citadel,” de Waal wrote.
No decisive breakthrough has been reported since the end of last week, when Armenia first said Azerbaijan was close to Shusha, but Azerbaijani forces have been making “major advances” in edging closer in recent days, Asia Times reported Friday morning.
A looming battle for the Armenian-held stronghold could be a decisive moment in the conflict, which has been raging for more than 40 days. Analysts previously said a stalemate could be setting in, and with winter approaching, military maneuvers in the region will become increasingly tricky as the temperatures drop and weather deteriorates.
Up to 80 local and international journalists are “trapped in Stepanakert,” the region’s main city, Reporters Without Borders said Thursday. The organization said the journalists could not flee to Armenia without coming “under fire from Azeri forces” along the main road connecting Armenia proper with the separatist-held territory.
Stepanakert, the region’s largest town, just north of Shusha, has come under heavy shelling throughout the conflict. Sustained attacks on the city continued Thursday evening, Reuters reported, and overnight, Armenian-backed forces claimed Friday morning.