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With No Int'l Press Allowed Into Nagorno-Karabakh, Twitter Remains Only Direct Source

Unlike any time in history, war and its horrific residual effects on humanity are readily documented and distributed online. 

Twitter/X have often been unfiltered, uncensored, and yet unverified platforms that have informed millions of people about the effects of Nagorno-Karabakh, the land known to Armenians as Artsakh. Azeris have taken to Reddit to post drone strike recordings from their kills. 

With international press unable to enter the region because of Azerbaijan blockades, Tweets from local journalists and residents have become the only direct source of on-the-ground documentation of life for Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh after Tuesday’s shelling from the Azeri military. Hundreds have been killed, many more are still missing, and thousands have been evacuated. 

Azerbaijan dictator Ilham Aliyev has continue to run his disinformation warfare to control the media warfare around the region. Azeris have touted their attacks as "anti-terror measures", and claiming Armenia's armed forces are "illegally" in Artsakh although none have been there since the end of the 2020 war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. President Aliyev regularly calls Armenia "terrorists" in his YouTube live addresses, just minutes after shelling Armenian civilians in Stepanakert, the capital city of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijan continues to fire artillery despite the ceasefire agreement. Photo from Siranush Sargsyan on Twitter/X.
Azerbaijan continues to fire artillery despite the ceasefire agreement. Photo from Siranush Sargsyan on Twitter/X.

Families with young children, who have already been deprived of food and medicine for months because of Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin Corridor, struggle to understand what will be next for them. 

On Wednesday, Nagorno-Karabakh authorities - made up of current and former Artsakh presidents - signed a ceasefire agreement with Azerbaijan, which notably agrees to disband the Artsakh Defense Army and puts indigenous Armenians living there under the constitution of Azerbaijan. A meeting took place today between both parties to discuss further actions, with no concrete details being published so far. 

As the death toll continues to climb, an aura of fear is warping around Armenians living in makeshift shelters. 

We compiled videos that, while heart-wrenching, we believe you should see. Please be warned some contain graphic and uncomfortable images. 

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