Late Wednesday night, Azerbaijan opened small arms artillery against a combat post in Armenia’s province of Gegharkunik Province, reports Armenia's Ministry of Defense. No casualties or injuries have been reported at the time of publishing.
This comes just hours after Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and his Ministry of Defense touted Tuesday’s bombings on Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh as “anti-terror” measures.
Azerbaijan continues to push a disinformation campaign that Armenian armed forces are occupying areas of Nagorno-Karabakh. Local sources state the Armenian military has not been there since the end of the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2020.
Despite these “anti-terror” remarks, Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense has continued to post YouTube videos recorded from combat drone strikes from Tuesday’s attacks. Over 200 people have been reported killed from these attacks, including the Mayor of Martuni, Aznavur Saghyan.
A ceasefire agreement was brokered by Russian peacekeepers earlier Wednesday between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh authorities, which included a since-broken cessation of combat, the disbandment of the Artsakh Defense Army, and the adoption of the Azerbaijan constitution by citizens living in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Artsakh president Samvel Sharamanyan and other local authorities - possibly the same previous presidents who joined President Sharamanyan for a security council meeting on Wednesday - have a meeting set for Thursday with Azeri officials to discuss the execution of such details, as Azerbaijan has already demanded any military equipment be taken to Azerbaijan.
Armenia’s Prime Minister has abstained from any part of negotiations or resolutions to helping the Armenian people in Nagorno-Karabakh, making it clear in statements via Facebook Live addresses.
Thousands of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh still remain evacuated from their homes, with many taking up camp at the Russian peacekeeper station at the Stepanakert Airport. The calculation of destruction back home is yet to be seen for many.
Not all civilians were able to evacuate the bombings. Armenian news outlet 301 reported, “The village of Mets Shen (Shushi district) is surrounded, and there is no possibility to evacuate the civilian population. The village is under constant shelling.”
Meanwhile, Artsakh residents in Martakert have refused to evacuate or surrender. The current status of residents there is unknown.
On the backdrop of these attacks, the UN General Assembly has been taking place in New York City, with a heavy focus on the Ukraine-Russia war and climate change.
Impassioned speeches from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have taken over mainstream news coverage, sweeping under the rug Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan supporting Azerbaijan attacks on Armenia. President Erdogan, a close ally to Azerbaijan, continues to state in unizion with Aliyev that Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan.
There has been no general response to these aggressions or the military attack on Armenia from world leaders at the UN General Assembly, just one month after an emergency UN Security Council meeting was held to discuss Azerbaijan blockading the Lachin Corridor and thus cutting off Armenian residents in Nagorno-Karabakh for months from receiving food, medicine, fuel, and other basic life supplies.